We’ve entered April and that means the NFL draft takes center stage.
The Kansas City Chiefs now have four of the top 62 picks to work with in the wake of the Tyreek Hill deal, and it looks like general manager Brett Veach has eyes on certain positions. This mode always recognizes the importance of offensive and defensive lines. Based on the current roster, the premium picks could target the right ball or the run-ins if management chooses to focus on the trenches.
Out-of-season departures also create a number of other potential needs – including wide, reverse and safe pickup. As the months go by, more and more potential customers will be associated with Kansas City but an NFL legacy has regularly emerged as a name worth looking at.
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Elam will become ‘instant starter’ for KC
In an ESPN NFL draft buzz notebook with insight from Jordan Reid and Matt Miller, the Chiefs arrived twice in support.
Starter Charvarius Ward and reserve Mike Hughes both arrived as free agents this March, so Veach could be looking to fill the position in April. That was the thought process from Reid as he connected Kansas City with Florida’s Kaiir Elam production. He wrote:
In a class of deep defenders, the seemingly forgotten prospect is Florida’s Kaiir Elam. The grandson of the 2013 first-round picker is Matt Elam, he has continued Gator’s tradition of second-round players becoming high-round picks. At 6 feet 2, weighing 192 pounds, he was a large, athletic, and skilled dribbler. He stood in his time of 4.39 seconds 40 at the combination but was 37.5 inches long and ran 4.21 in the short shuttle on his professional day. Elam will be an option for teams that use a lot of press or plans to rely on outside corners to get their hands on early receivers in the lines. He can sneak into Round 1 – watch out for the Captains (numbers 29 and 30).
The 20-year-old Gators CB is also the son of 7-year NFL pro, Abram Elam. Unbuilt safety actually has a much longer career than his brother Matt, and he ended it with the Chiefs for one season in 2012.
Kaiir Elam hopes to be more successful than his father and uncle. He played three seasons at Florida, with five interceptions and 20 tackles.
In a recent test draft, Austin Gayle, Pro Football Focus VP of Content agreed with Reid on the landing point. After picking Treylon Burks with the 29th pick, analyst PFF sent Elam to the Chiefs at number 30.
Here’s his analysis of the pick: “Elam’s PFF score isn’t all that impressive, but it’s largely due to costly penalties. He’s still only allowed 19 hits for 191 yards on 34 goals this season while up against top SEC collection talent. He’s an instant starter for Kansas City, especially now that veteran Charvarius Ward has signed with San Francisco. ”
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Clemson products offer alternative options
Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson has rumored that the head coaches are interested in two veteran corner kicks, Stephon Gilmore and James Bradberry. The first is a freelance agent, while the second is being purchased by the New York Giants through commerce.
Should they decide to bring in an experienced star, it would be hard to see Veach target a full-back in the first round – even if the latter could still use some more depth behind a potential CB1. like Gilmore or Bradberry. L’Jarius Sneed and Rashad Fenton are both about to have solid campaigns and become key players in the starting lineup in 2022, thus leaving only a short-term starting spot.
Assuming Kansas City decides to push demand into the draft, there should be several options to choose from beyond Elam. Reid included another compelling contender in the late first round of that range, Clemson’s product, Andrew Booth Jr.
Due to quadriceps strains and sports hernias, Booth didn’t test on Clemson’s combo day or pro day but he is expected to be ready for training camp, according to the ESPN analyst. practice according to an ESPN analyst. Injuries could see him drop to KC on draft night, if not lower.
“His run could have started with the Bills (no 25), the Chiefs (no 29 and 30) and the Bengals (no 31), all possible landing spots,” Reid wrote. Based on his tape alone, Booth might well be one of the top leads at the beginning of Day 2.”
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