How does Hollywood Brown affect the KC Chiefs' primary draft plans?

For months it's been speculated that the Chiefs would be drafting a wide receiver with the 32nd overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, but now that Kansas City will be the home of Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, does the script change in April?

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It's obvious that the Chiefs' back-to-back Super Bowl championships would not have been possible without the presence of the defense, especially in the playoffs where Kansas City allowed 15 points per game (in regulation).

But that same defense is still on the field for the most part: Chris Jones received his extension. Drue Tranquill inked a three-year deal. Tershawn Wharton and Derrick Nnadi are returning on the defensive line. Outside of Willie Gay Jr., there is pretty much the exact same unit on the turf for DC Steve Spagnuolo, which can't be a bad thing, right?

That doesn't mean that Spags and Coach Reid wouldn't want to bolster the defense even more, as well as add even more talented youth to youngest defense in the NFL. The biggest question is which position?


The Chiefs could go after a cornerback if the trade of L'Jarius Sneed comes to fruition before April. That would help All-Pro Trent McDuffie and young talents like Chamarri Conner, Jaylen Watson, and Joshua Williams retain some time on the sideline without fear that someone could go over the top.

Perhaps someone like Nate Wiggins who became much more of a blitzing CB during his final season in Clemson, something that Spagnuolo would utilize heavily.

There's also Georgia's Kamari Lassiter, a 6'0" quick-footed DB that has the insticts of someone who has been playing NFL ball for years. He can quickly pick up where Sneed left off, lining up well in both man and zone coverages.

One more DB to watch out for would be Missouri's Ennis Rakestraw Jr., mainly because he is very similar to Sneed on the line with his aggression and ability to press receivers within five yards until they fall all over themselves.

Edge prospects

The Chiefs go back to the edge position for the second year in a row. It was obvious that the picking of Kansas State standout Felix Anudike-Uzomah was more of a fan-pleasing pick, sparking cheers all across Chiefs Kingdom for the hometown kid who was not even predicted to go in the first two rounds in most mock drafts.

With Anudike-Uzomah still learning and Charles Omenihu still recovering from ACL surgery, could the Chiefs go after someone like Jared Verse out of Florida State?

Verse's speed and motor off the side would pair well with George Karlaftis' similar traits on the other side. Karlaftis, who finished last season with 10.5 sacks, along with Verse and Jones would be a scary tandem. Plus when Omenihu does return it would be easy for Verse to move inside and attack the middle of every offensive line with one of the best cross-chops and spins in college football which led to his 18 sacks over the past two seasons in Florida.

Verse will likely be gone by pick 32, however, so could the Chiefs move up to get him? Would they? Probably not. Something a little more realistic would be Penn State's Adisa Isaac who can also play EDGE and IDL.

Isaac's size (6'4", 247 lbs) would pair well and his muscular frame would be terrifying to line up against alongside Karlaftis, Jones and Omenihu.