With the bye week this week, I thought it would be a fun exercise to redraft the 2020 NFL class the Chiefs drafted, and see what I would want to do now, with the benefit of seeing these guys 9 weeks into the NFL. While I’m redrafting this year’s class, that doesn’t mean I don’t really like the class the Chiefs had, but here’s what I would’ve done if I could go back and make the picks myself. First, a couple of rules.
- I’m not redrafting the entire draft, so just pretend who I drafted, the former player goes to that team
- Can only take someone less than 1 rounds taken later. For example, for the Chiefs, I can only take people from 32-64 in the redraft for the first. Can’t take some 5th round pick in the 2nd.
- Can only keep 1 player from Chiefs in redraft, any round
- No UDFAs
Round 1, Pick 32: Yetur Gross-Matos, Defensive End, Penn State
Yetur Gross-Matos flashing with this sack. A lot of potential in the former Penn State EDGE. pic.twitter.com/CfogA2znkB
— Jared Feinberg (@JrodDraftScout) October 4, 2020
If you read any of my stuff pre-draft, you would know that my favorite player in the 2020 NFL class was Yetur Gross-Matos. I was so sad the Chiefs didn’t draft him on draft night, so I’m going to retroactively rewrite history to get him on this football team. Prior to last week, YGM was averaging 1 pressure every 5.9 snaps, which is ridiculous for a rookie. He’s got 35″ arms, exceptional burst, and power in his hands to be able to win with inside counters. During the draft, everyone knew of his freaky athleticism off the edge, but now he’s put his pass rush plan together. He’s been superb as a situational pass rusher for Carolina this year, and getting him on a rookie contract would be huge for our future.
Round 2, Pick 63: Jeremy Chinn, Safety, Southern Illinois
I’m taking another one of my favorite players in the 2020 class (both from Carolina), in Jeremy Chinn. While Jeremy Chinn wasn’t my top ranked safety, he was easily my favorite safety. Chinn, standing 6’3 and 221 lbs, was a freak athlete at the Combine. Running a 4.45 40 and having crazy jumping scores, Chinn was an all-around complete athlete. He somehow fell to 64 (one pick past Willie Gay), and the Panthers have reaped the benefits of that. He’s played a little everywhere for the Panthers, he’s even played some WILL for them, and has shown great ability in playing in the box. Chinn would give a way more dynamic and versatile option than what Sorensen provides, and gives a clear replacement to Tyrann Mathieu in the future.
Round 3, Pick 96: Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA
Since I left Clyde Edwards-Helaire on the board, I decided to draft a RB in the 3rd, and someone I liked after watching some Senior Bowl tape. Kelley had really good pass catching ability from the Senior Bowl, and did well in executing an outside zone scheme for UCLA. Those traits have translated to the NFL, even if Kelley hasn’t received a ton of reps yet. He’s worked well as a receiver in some of the bubble screen game the Chargers have run, and given all the CEH touches, I think Kelley would play super well.
Round 4, Pick 138: L’Jarius Sneed, CB, Lousiana State
The guy to redraft is pretty obvious to me, and that’s Sneed. Sneed, who has exceptional speed, length, and ball skills, has far surpassed all hype we possibly could’ve imagined for him. While the technical side of the game needs major refinement, the top-tier athleticism and solid ball skills makes him a candidate to be one of those guys a few years from now, when people write “How did Sneed fall that far?”
Round 5, Pick 177: Michael Onwenu, IOL, Michigan
Onwenu has played all around the offensive line for New England, playing both tackle and guard. While he wasn’t quite as comfortable at tackle, he looked decent there. He’s looked best as a guard though, and looks like a steal for New England. He fits a similar mold to what Kelechi Osemele looked like prior to injury, and would give the Chiefs way more security on the interior going into 2021.
Round 7, Pick 237: Jonathan Garvin, DE, Miami
Garvin hasn’t played much this year, but fits the prototypical DE type that Spagnuolo typically covets. He would give the Chiefs a developmental option going into 2021 and beyond.