The Official Arrowhead Guys 2022 Draft Grades

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Tony takes the Teacher’s role, and hands out grades.

This draft will be one to remember, hopefully for being good. But given its importance to our future success, these selections could make the difference between adding a couple extra Lombardis to the trophy case or watching other teams play in the Super Bowl every year.

CB Trent McDuffie, Washington (1st Round Pick 21)

Before getting to McDuffie himself, let’s discuss the trade to get him. Before the draft, there were lots of rumors about the Chiefs looking to trade up. I hate trading up, especially in the first round, so I was pretty nervous. We just did the right thing in trading away one player for a bunch of picks. Were we really going to give all that back to get one player?

The trade up did happen, but thankfully it wasn’t that bad. Moving from 29 to 21 isn’t the end of the world, and if Veach is right when he said McDuffie was so high on their board that they didn’t even consider the possibility of him being there, then I can see the logic.

As for McDuffie he looks like a great talent. It’s hard to watch film on him since I don’t have access to all 22, but you can see in the stats that he completely shut down his side of the field and easily has the athleticism to be a star at the NFL level. The only real negative is that he’s on the smaller side, but I’ve never really been too worried about size in an NFL corner.

The only real problem I have, is more one of expectations. With that trade to get him, he has to be a good player to make it worth it. Maybe not an All-Pro, but he needs to be a borderline Pro Bowler at minimum to not under-perform the investment.

Trade Grade – C-

Pick Grade – A

DE George Karlaftis, Purdue (1st Round Pick 30)

Karlaftis is one of the more intriguing selections of the draft. The consensus seems to be that he’s a high floor/low ceiling type, but I completely disagree. I could see him becoming a top defender in the league and winning Defensive Player of the Year awards, or being a bust who struggles to stay in the league.

The first thing that jumps out when watching him is that he has absolutely incredible hands. Time and time again, it looks like the guy in front of him just forgot to block him.

The second thing that jumps out at you is that he has absolutely no bend at all. He definitely is not Von Miller. This is the biggest complaint about him from the draftosphere, but I’d go even further to say that it’s a symptom of a larger body control issue. On top of having no bend, he was slow to handle cut blocks or other random bodies laying in his way. He also occasionally got completely stonewalled, which does happen to everybody, but then couldn’t disengage and continue to work towards the quarterback.

The question is which will show itself at the next level? The optimistic projection is that his hands aren’t going anywhere, and he’ll continue to blow by blockers as if they weren’t even there. The pessimistic view is that when facing actual professionals (and not college kids who play a game in their free time) they will be better able to neutralize his hands, which will completely destroy his effectiveness.

Personally, I lean towards the optimistic side. Even when playing against future pros in college, he was still incredibly effective. So while that bust possibility is there, I still absolutely love the potential of the pick considering it was late in the 1st round.

Pick Grade – A

WR Skyy Moore, Western Michigan (2nd Round Pick 54)

A lot of people had Skyy Moore going to the Chiefs at pick 30, so it was a pleasant surprise when they managed to nab him at pick 54 instead after trading back and picking up an extra 5th round pick. I absolutely love that trade back, and it gets an easy A+.

As for Moore, I love the pick too. Like for McDuffie, the biggest complaint is that he’s on the smaller side, but size isn’t all that important for a receiver anyway. Ignoring the obvious Tyreek Hill comparison (since, while fast, he doesn’t have Hill’s inhuman speed), Antonio Brown was only half an inch taller and was obviously able to excel in the NFL before going crazy.

The other complaint is that he went to a smaller school and didn’t face the same level of competition, which is fair. But he did play Michigan and Pitt last year and did fine. He got injured early against Michigan, but had over 100 yards against Pitt.

I don’t see any reason why Moore can’t become a consistent 1,000 yard receiver. You could say the Skyy is the limit.

Trade Grade – A+

Pick Grade – A

S Bryan Cook, Cincinnati (2nd Round Pick 62)

In a way, Bryan Cook is the most exciting pick of the draft, as he looks to be the Daniel Sorensen replacement. Barring an unexpected over-performance in camp, he will have a hard time replacing new Chief Justin Reid or old Chief Juan Thornhill, which knocks the pick down a little bit. But in the modern NFL, 3rd safeties get on the field all the time, so it’s not that big of a deal. And he’s certainly a huge upgrade over Sorensen, so we can all be happy about that.

He is my least favorite pick of the draft, although that’s more about how great the draft was than anything about Cook. He just seems mostly fine as a player. He does his job well, but he’s not particularly spectacular.

Pick Grade – B

ILB Leo Chenal, Wisconsin (3rd Round Pick 103)

Chenal is an incredible player. I mean, just look at that RAS! And it shows up on the field too. This is a guy who was built to play as a run defending linebacker. 20 years ago, he would have been a top 10 pick.

But in the modern NFL, nobody cares about defending the run, which is why he wasn’t even a top 100 pick in the 2022 draft. As great as he as a big thumping linebacker, teams would rather have a smaller, quicker guy who can defend against the pass.

That being said, I still like this pick. He’ll be the Ben Niemann replacement, and that by itself should make Chiefs fans happy. On top of that, Chenal is underrated against the pass. I mean, sure, he’s not going to run down a speedy running back in the flat like Gay can, but with Gay on the team he should never have to be put in that position anyway. But he is speedy enough to hold his own in pass coverage. Not that he can lock down a Travis Kelce 1-on-1 or anything, but he is fast enough to play zone and close quickly on checkdowns.

As long as he’s used correctly, Chenal should be a great addition to the team and make the Chiefs linebacker group the best in the NFL.

Pick Grade – B+

CB Joshua Williams, Fayetteville State (4th Round Pick 135)

Joshua Williams is the biggest question mark in the Chiefs draft. He has all the skills you could want in an NFL corner, but since he played at a Division 2 level and didn’t play at the Senior Bowl, it’s impossible to truly know how he’ll fare when he goes up against NFL competition. He could be a huge steal and future Hall of Famer, he could be completely outclassed and selling insurance in 12 months, or anything in between.

In the 4th round the pickings start to get slim, so this type of prospect is exactly who you want. He has all the potential in the world, but if he doesn’t turn out well it’s not that big of a loss.

Pick Grade – A

OT Darian Kinnard, Kentucky (5th Round Pick 145)

Kennard continued a trend of the Chiefs picking players that many thought would go much higher. Many thought he’d go in the 3rd round, but the Chiefs instead got him with the 5th round pick they got essentially for free from the Patriots.

On the trade, I absolutely love it. Usually I don’t like trading up, but I hate 7th round picks even more. To use one of our four 7ths to move up and get a guy we liked in the 5th is perfect.

I have been pushing for the Chiefs to bring in competition at the right tackle position all offseason, and Kennard will do exactly that. He’s not a guy who will win it for sure, but he does have enough talent that he absolutely has a shot at winning the job. Against Georgia, he was noteworthy, holding his own while the rest of the Kentucky offense got dominated around him.

I did hear that he didn’t interview well and that he wasn’t very coachable at the Senior Bowl, but for a 5th round pick, that’s not much of a complaint.

Trade Grade – A+

Pick Grade – A

CB Jaylen Watson, RB Isaih Pacheco, Nazeeh Johnson (7th Round Picks)

I was hoping we could trade away more of our 7th round picks, especially for 2023 6ths, but apparently nobody was interested, so we were forced to make the picks.

When it comes to 7th round picks, it’s important to keep your expectations low. If they even become quality depth, that’s a major win. That’s especially true with Watson and Johnson, who are joining a crowded defensive back room.

Pacheco has the best chance of making some noise out of this group, as the Chiefs have gone cheap at running back, outside of Edwards-Helaire (who isn’t an every down back). But overall in the 7th round, getting great athletes like these 3, it’s a good strategy and gets yet another A for Veach.

Picks Grade – A

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05/02/2022 4:29 pm

3rdnlong
Reply to  Tony Sommer
05/02/2022 5:36 pm

Veach must have been incredibly underwhelmed. He’s at the throw-spaghetti-on-the-wall-and-hope-something-sticks strategy. How many more DBs can we acquire in the aftermath of the draft? Sheesh.

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  3rdnlong
05/02/2022 5:39 pm

Maybe we can trade one of them to some DB-needy team for a 2024 conditional 6th round pick.

3rdnlong
Reply to  Berserker
05/02/2022 5:41 pm

I do like that idea. It’s not like Spags has a defensive alignment where he gets 11 DBs on the field at the same time.

upamtn
05/02/2022 4:07 pm

Good morning, #ChiefsKingdom! Just sitting here thinking about how new Chiefs’ cornerback @trent_mcduffie allowed:

– A grand total of 111 yards last year (No. 1 in FBS)

– 3.1 yards-per-target last year (No. 1 in FBS)

– ZERO TDs in each of the last two years

That is all!

— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) April 29, 2022

3rdnlong
05/02/2022 12:54 pm

So I’ve been looking at some Skyy Moore tape. And while I can see he has some value, I don’t think he’s as great as people are saying. In 3 years, I see him in the slot and maybe battling for his spot. I don’t see him becoming a WR1. Hopefully though, Mecole transforms into that WR1 that we drafted him to be, Skyy can take over DRob’s role, and that might just work. Call me a little cynical. I just don’t see the reason for the hype.

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  3rdnlong
05/02/2022 1:05 pm

His highlight film shows a guy that can get separation and catch anything thrown his way

upamtn
Reply to  zulu trader
05/02/2022 1:29 pm

yeah, but what about his LOWLIGHT film?

3rdnlong
Reply to  zulu trader
05/02/2022 5:37 pm

It showed a guy who got separation sometimes. But it also showed a guy who seemed not very explosive. I thought he was just kind of average. I wonder how his RAS compares to what DRob’s was when he was drafted…

3rdnlong
Reply to  3rdnlong
05/02/2022 5:48 pm

Ok, I stand corrected. DRob’s RAS score was 5.85 with red marks on his 40, 20 and 10. Still, the tape of Skyy looked pretty average…

https://ras.football/2019/12/27/demarcus-robinson-ras/

3rdnlong
Reply to  3rdnlong
05/02/2022 5:52 pm

Maybe Skyy is more like a Hunter Renfrow type. Good route runner, but not worth a 2nd. Still cynical.

NovaChiefs
05/02/2022 11:26 am

I don’t understand Comp Picks at all. Will we get anything for Tyrann, since he singed today?

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  Tony Sommer
05/02/2022 11:44 am

A little fuck you parting gift from Tyrann.

upamtn
Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
05/02/2022 12:01 pm

OTOH, it saves the team from a ridiculously huge contract … seeya, Ty, good luck with all that

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  upamtn
05/02/2022 12:09 pm

Tyrann’s vision of himself was waaay out of whack with reality. Chiefs made a concerted effort in this draft to get guys who want to play hard. Replacing blowhards Mathieu, Hitchens (hitman? Ha!) and Niemann. (I’m not a big Sorensen fan but I can’t rightfully put him in that category. He was just slow but loved to hit)

Tyrann will forever be a part of our super bowl 54 story but now he gets to finish out his career on a team that will struggle to win 3 games this year.

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
05/02/2022 5:36 pm

More like NO saving themselves from losing a little comp pick credit.

I doubt either NO or Mathieu cares at all about some late 3rd or 4th round draft pick that the Chiefs may or may not get.

hoosierchief
Reply to  Tony Sommer
05/02/2022 1:36 pm

thats also why you will see a rash of free agent signings happen after that deadline passes.

pompano
Reply to  NovaChiefs
05/02/2022 12:19 pm

I don’t think trades are part of comp pick calculations, it’s for FAs lost.

upamtn
Reply to  pompano
05/02/2022 1:28 pm

correct

upamtn
05/02/2022 10:46 am

never been a fan of “grading” draft picks before they play, but it would seem as if Veach & Co nabbed a good haul of athletes, and if half of them “are who Veach thinks they are” the team will be much better off: coupla starters, definitely much needed depth

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Tony Sommer
05/02/2022 2:40 pm

what can pro-level training and coaching do for him?

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