Kansas City’s awkward draft position may dictate who the Chiefs take on Days 1 and 2

2022 NFL Draft Kansas City Chiefs

If Kansas City wants to make sure it walks away from the draft with a starting wide receiver, safety or cornerback, then the Chiefs probably have to take that respective player a round higher than his ranking would indicate.

Of note:

  • Kansas City has reportedly already met with Georgia wide receiver George Pickens. However, he would be considered a bit of a reach in Round 1 but probably wouldn’t be available when the Chiefs pick again in the second round.
  • Kansas City also could lose starting safety Tyrann Mathieu and starting cornerback Charvarius Ward to free agency. But the team would have to over-draft if it wants a potential walk-in starter, as the next-best safeties and CBs have early- to mid-second ground rankings.

Such is life for the team that finished with one of the best records in the league last season.

Kansas City will have 10 picks in the upcoming draft, including four in the top 102. However, all of the premium picks are late in their respective rounds after the Chiefs finished with a 12-5 record.

Here’s a look at some of the players who could be available for Kansas City on Days 1 and 2:

Round 1:


Top player

Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame (No. 1 in Fanspeak-Jake Rigdon big board). Will he be there at 30? No way; Hamilton should go top-10.

Best of the rest

Daxton Hill, Michigan (No. 33); Jalen Pitre, Baylor (No. 45); Jaquan Brisker, Penn State (No. 52).


Lewis Cine, Georgia (No. 89)

Wide receiver

Top player

Drake London, USC (No. 10); Treylon Burks, Arkansas (No. 12); Garrett Wilson, Ohio State (No. 13).

Best of the rest

Jameson Williams, Alabama (No. 19); Chris Olave, Ohio State (No. 22), Jahan Dotson, Penn State (No. 38).


George Pickens, Georgia (No. 47)


Top player

Trent McDuffie, Washington (No. 7); Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati (No. 8); Derek Stingley Jr., LSU (No. 9).

Best of the rest

Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson (No. 34); Tariq Woolen, UTSA (No. 35); Kaiir Elam, Florida (No. 39)


Kyler Gordon, Washington (No. 41)

The pick

It would be nice to add another weapon on offense, but there’s a good chance none of the top six receivers will still be available. Likewise at cornerback, as McDuffie, Gardner and Stingley should be long gone by the time the Chiefs pick in Round 1.

That’s why the Daxton Hill pick makes so much sense for Kansas City. It’s going to be hard to replace Mathieu’s playmaking and veteran leadership, but Hill is seen as a chess piece who can be used all over the secondary – similar to Mathieu. The 6-foot, 191-pound junior ran a blazing 4.38 40 at the Combine and would be perfect in the pass-happy AFC West – especially with Russell Wilson now under center in Denver.

Here’s what an area scout for an NFC team told NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein about Hill: “He’s so fast and so athletic that it wouldn’t surprise me if a team tried to make him a full-time cornerback. I think he has that kind of potential.”

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