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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Wide receivers

The addition of Hollywood Brown to the receiver room has calmed most of Chiefs Kingdom, but extra help has never hurt in a situation such as this. Plus, to be fair, it appears that Rice, Brown, and Travis Kelce will still be Mahomes' only options with some sparse help from Justin Watson, Skyy Moore, and maybe even Kadarius Toney who made a name for himself in the wrong way last season.

Adding a twitchy, springy receiver like Texas' Adonai Mitchell would surely solidify the receiver room for next year and beyond. Imagine Mitchell, who ranked 22nd amongst all FBS receivers in average depth of targets (16 yards/touch), growing in Reid's system along with Rice—scary hours would ensue for sure.

Mitchell's teammate and partner-in-crime Xavier Worthy may have run himself out of the Chiefs' possible draft range, breaking the NFL Combine record with a 4.21-second 40 time, but if he were to fall to 32 it would be obvious where he could fit in with the Chiefs.

Early in Mahomes' career, he had a reliable, speedy receiver in Tyreek Hill and ever since the Chiefs (rightfully) traded him to Miami, it's been apparent that the deep ball is no longer a viable option. Worthy would change that in a heartbeat. His slim build (5'11", 165 lbs.) is a little nerve-wracking, but we've seen skinny players succeed at the receiver position for decades. If anybody could scheme a quick-as-lightning player like Worthy open, it would be Coach Reid.

Finally, if the two Longhorns are off the board by 32 another easy choice would be Washington's Ja'Lynn Polk or Oregon's Troy Franklin. Both have similar builds with Franklin measuring an inch taller than Polk at 6'2" but Polk outweighs Franklin 203 to 176. Franklin brings the quick speed, pulling in top-end speed to get behind the defense within seconds of the snap but Polk has shown he can make the tough catches and create separation that Chiefs' receivers have not been able to do consistently over the past two years.

Offensive Line

When it's all said and done there is not a more important role in Kansas City than the role of the offensive linemen. Mahomes is arguably the best QB the game has seen in decades and he can't do his job unless he's protected.

That's not only vital to the Chiefs' success but it's now knocking at Veach's door with the exit of Nick Allegretti and the pectoral injury to Joe Thuney. Add in Thuney and Donovan Smith entering their 30s and the fact that the Chiefs' third-round pick from 2020, Lucas Niang, has not lived up to expectations and it's clear that the depth could be bolstered.

Not to mention Creed Humphrey, one of Veach's biggest NFL Draft hits, is entering the final year of his rookie contract. So maybe the Chiefs look at someone like Oregon's Jackson Powers-Johnson?

Powers-Johnson is rarely knocked backward and is often blocking more than one defensive player at once. He would be a fine addition to the line as a guard until Humphrey exits or he could move Humphrey over and take the starting center job, especially after watching the low snaps from Humphrey throughout the playoffs.

Another strong name is Kingsley Suamataia out of BYU, a 6'5"-326 lb tackle that has the footwork to maneuver around the line and protect the one-of-a-kind movement that Mahomes is known for. He also excels in run blocking which is great for the future of Isiah Pacheco and any other running back that will be on the roster when the 2024-25 season starts.

Next, let's look at some honorable mention candidates who should also remain in the picture for first round consideration for the Chiefs.