What I Saw: Chiefs Draft Edition

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Been a while since I have dusted this off, but it is time for a comeback.  Yes, folks the often replicated, never duplicated “What I Saw” series is back and this time it’s draft time.  Now full disclosure, I hate draft grades, so you won’t be seeing any of that garbage here.  Hard to judge a player before he takes a single snap even if that player is a home run because nothing is guaranteed in the NFL.  That being said, we can discuss things and give thoughts on the players taken.

Nick Bolton (LB, Mizzou)

With the Chiefs’ first pick in the draft, they took Nick Bolton out of Mizzou.  The Chiefs clearly want to rebuild their LB corps, which hasn’t been right since DJ retired and Bolton is a guy who can complement Willie Gay.  While Gay is an athletic freak, Bolton is an instinctual player who makes up for his lack of athleticism by being around the ball.  He graded out poorly in the testing, but it very rarely shows up on tape because he is just so good at reading things as they happen.  Overall, I really like this pick the more I watch of him.

Creed Humphrey (OC, OU)

Remember the Super Bowl and Patrick Mahomes taking a beating that would make David Carr blush?  Yeah, Brett Veach said that isn’t happening again and went and got Creed Humphrey with their second pick of the draft.  Probably the second-best Center in the draft behind Dickerson, Creed should be the anchor for what is turning out to be a top-five unit, at least on paper.  Center has been a point of contention for the Chiefs ever since Rodney Hudson left a while back, because while someone like Mitch Morse was good, he was often hurt with concussions.  Whether or not he starts Week 1 is going to depend on whether or not Reid wants to play the veteran Austin Blythe and let Creed sit for his rookie year, which Reid has done with OL in the past.  That should be a fun battle to watch.

Joshua Kaindoh (DE, Free Shellfish University)

OK lobsters are crustaceans and not shellfish, sue me OK I take shots at FSU when I can.  Joshua Kaindoh was a five-star recruit out of high school that never really panned out in college due to injuries.  That being said, he does fill a position of need and the Chiefs are banking on him developing into the player he was supposed to be in college.  Typically, you don’t draft projects in the fourth round, but I am OK with this pick as he will be a rotational player behind Clark and Jones.

Noah Gray (TE, Duke)

Can I just say that this is the first player the Chiefs have drafted out of Duke since Mike Curtis in 1965? But Noah will actually be playing for the Chiefs and not go and play for Baltimore.  Anyways Noah Gray is finally going to give the Chiefs a legit TE2 behind Kelce and while nothing sticks out on film from a receiving standpoint, he is going to be that H-Back/Fullback type player that will be missed with Sherman retired.  He isn’t going to need to be that guy at TE thanks to Travis Kelce, but he is going to be a solid player for the team.

Cornell Powell (WR, Clemson)

A day 2 pick if it weren’t for his age, Powell is your inevitable Demarcus Robinson replacement.  He is a possession receiver and going to be a Special Teams ace for years to come.  Not super fast, but the Chiefs haven’t had a really good possession WR since Dwayne Bowe.  He looks to be the Chiefs X receiver but is going to face stiff competition for snaps on offense with guys like D-Rob, Pringle, and even someone like Antonio Callaway, if he can pull his head from his behind and live up to his potential.  Fans were begging for the Chiefs to take a WR and what we got is a solid player that is going to contribute in some fashion for a long time.

Trey Smith (OG, UT)

Trey Smith is a player that kept sliding down boards because of a nasty medical issue, but he might be the steal of the draft if it checks out.  He gives the Chiefs more beef on the OL and could slide into the RG spot in the future.  Smith was probably the best Guard in the draft from a tape standpoint, but blood clots are no joke, so that will be something to keep an eye on.  In the sixth round, you can afford to take a chance on this kind of player.

Overall I am extremely happy with the Chiefs draft.  One thing I can appreciate about Veach is that he goes into the draft with a plan and executes it to the best of his ability.  Not always an easy thing to do when you are drafting at the tail end of things every year, but he makes it work.

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Tyrone
05/02/2021 8:39 pm

Whether or not he starts Week 1 is going to depend on whether or not Reid wants to play the veteran Austin Blythe and let Creed sit for his rookie year, which Reid has done with OL in the past. That should be a fun battle to watch.

2nd best Centre in the draft, 2nd round pick – Surely he’s a week 1 starter. The only OL who haven’t started right away were late round projects.

hmills110
Reply to  Tyrone
05/05/2021 12:59 am

Fisher and Morse started right away because they had to start them, because the cupboard was bare. KC can get their upgrade, this year, without starting a single rookie.

river
river
05/02/2021 7:27 pm

The main things that stood out to me about Gray was he has great hands and snatch the ball plus the guy is is quick. Not to pat myself on the back back but I was calling him Kelce Jr yesterday and today Grunhard was saying how much he looked like Kelce.
Like to see him put on 10 lbs but looks really good to me from what I’ve seen.

hmills110
Reply to  river
05/05/2021 1:01 am

I’m not positive, but I think Kelce’s playing lighter than he was when he came into the league. He’s been training for quickness and athleticism over power. Gray looks more ripped than Kelce, right now, or that’s my impression.

upamtn
05/02/2021 5:18 pm

Hard to judge a player before he takes a single snap even if that player is a home run because nothing is guaranteed in the NFL

I’ve been saying this for YEARS and it’s the ultimate truth in the NFL … the same applies to the entire team and how games shake out over the course of a season …

… during the last playoff run, it seemed like 99% of AG’ers were 99% positive that there was no way KC could or would lose the SB …

right then, let’s get on with it

steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
Reply to  upamtn
05/02/2021 6:04 pm

well, that is that 🙂

The Mountain has spoken

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs
05/02/2021 5:05 pm

Someone tell me about Kaindoh’s injury issues, please. Potential ain’t worth doo if you can’t stay on the field (Sammy, we hardly knew ye)
Nice write up, too.

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SCKSChief
SCKSChief
05/02/2021 12:18 pm

This team needs some more WR. With hope there will be some cap casualties that KC can snag. After Tyreek and Kelce there is NOTHING.

EAFOX
Reply to  SCKSChief
05/02/2021 12:23 pm

One # 2 receiver who can stay healthy puts our depth chart in order – Hardman, DRob, and/or others are decent options at # 3.

WaywerdSon
WaywerdSon
Reply to  EAFOX
05/02/2021 2:31 pm

I was thrilled when they announced Pringle being reupped. I think he is ready to take on a bigger role, he looks better in games than either DRop or Hardman and given a chance, I think he can be a legit #2

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
Reply to  WaywerdSon
05/02/2021 2:40 pm

My thoughts exactly on Pringle. The kid plays hard and shows up in games.

EAFOX
05/02/2021 11:54 am

I still want the following to supplement our roster – 1) bring Breeland back – that would make our secondary nearly untouchable 2) veteran pass rusher 3) veteran wide receiver 4) an additional running back – I am not sure that CEH can carry the load – Williams is an average running back and Mckinnon is more of a spot duty/third down back.

EAFOX
Reply to  ForeverRanger91
05/02/2021 12:00 pm

Houston or Ingram would be welcome. Callaway seems to be the only receiver on our roster that could surpass DRob or Hardman on the depth chart. The others might have the potential but will they get the serious reps to have a realistic chance to prove what they could do. I would think about starting camp by dropping DRob and Hardman to the bottom of the depth chart – Tell the young kids above that they have to fight to keep their job and tell DRob and Hardman that they need to improve to win their jobs back.

EAFOX
Reply to  ForeverRanger91
05/02/2021 12:09 pm

Perhaps DRob’s greatest service to the team would be to keep Callaway’s head on straight. Do not know what all he has done in the past but it would be a good bonus if he can contribute this year in a significant way.

upamtn
Reply to  ForeverRanger91
05/02/2021 5:24 pm

credit card fraud?

why the EFF bother with the guy? not what I think of as “high character”

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  upamtn
05/02/2021 5:37 pm

Credit card fraud might have been as minimal as buying pizza for a party with a debit card he found on the ground.

I don’t hold small things like that against kids forever. If he got caught doing it again after getting busted is where I begin to question intelligence.

upamtn
Reply to  ForeverRanger91
05/02/2021 5:20 pm

Houston? y’all mean Justin Houston?!?

ROFL …

ummmmmmmmmmm no, please … just no no no

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  EAFOX
05/02/2021 12:16 pm

Breeland would be perfect.

An end would be nice but not necessary.

I would like to bring in Larry Fitzgerald just to set a tone in practice and study sessions. We need a leader and educator in the group. We don’t need more talent at WR, we need to unlock it.

I don’t think we need to do anything at RB. We have an all around in CEH. A bruiser in Willams. A scatback in Thompson. And McKinnon is a blend of all around and scatback.

EAFOX
Reply to  Severely Concussed
05/02/2021 12:21 pm

I would not exactly call Williams a bruiser – I respect him cause it sure seems like he gives one hundred percent effort on every carry. Thompson needs to go. McKinnon is a good complement but I still think we are one back short of being set here.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  EAFOX
05/02/2021 3:01 pm

Thompson’s still on his rookie deal, so for now he needs to stay until an upgrade becomes available to replace him. There is no point in creating a hole you then must fill, that’ll limit your options with an emergency you created for yourself. Me, I’m looking forward to seeing how he performs behind our new-look line, because he hasn’t had quality run blocking ahead of him during the seasons he’s played.

I’ve got another point, but for the convenience of reading I’ll add a new comment.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
05/02/2021 3:17 pm

What I expect and hope to see improving is his and CEH’s development on the passing side. Last season we saw a drought WRT screen plays. They were seemingly barely used, and I think the reason for the drop-off there was the lack of a pre-season. I’ve come across more than one comment from players saying that he’s meticulous about getting those plays installed correctly, so it would make sense that the lack of a preseason last year would disrupt the process of that.

As things are, I think we’ll get something much closer to a normal offseason this year, so the screen game’s something else to keep an eye on. I am not a fan of replacing parts until I can verify that I’ve identified the problem correctly. That’s how troubleshooting electronics at the component level works, everything’s so interconnected that you can’t just start changing everything that is producing the wrong output.

As a very crude example, I once had a dryer trip the 220V breaker in an attempt to start a fire because it had gotten shorted to ground. Now there isn’t much to the pre-digital dryers in terms of complexity, when I finally tracked it down, it was the buzzer switch that shorted. That wasn’t a part of the main power supply, it just toggled an alarm on and off, so it took me a while to get to it – but since I hadn’t started replacing stuff that wasn’t operating correctly prior to that, pulling the unlikely culprit fixed the problem, and from there, everything but the buzzer worked just fine.

upamtn
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
05/02/2021 5:28 pm

a screen is like THE easiest play in the universe, players run screens from the time they’re in peewee league … practice a flippin’ screen? come on … that’s about the most lame excuse I’ve heard for much of anything

at the NFL level, if you can’t run an unrehearsed screen play you have no business being with a team and getting paid anything

seriously

Maw423
Maw423
Reply to  upamtn
05/02/2021 6:24 pm

Definitely quit practicing any of the little stuff. Technique, timing, etc don’t matter for shit.

EAFOX
Reply to  Severely Concussed
05/02/2021 12:21 pm

Fitz would be a godsend.

steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
05/02/2021 11:11 am

agree

I hope Andy decides to let the O-lineman fight for those starting spots, having no idea how training camp is supposed to happen this year.

EAFOX
Reply to  steve_chiefs
05/02/2021 11:13 am

Andy typically mixes and matches his line during training camp. The question might be when does he commit to a rookie starter over a veteran – perhaps more mistake prone in the beginning but with a much higher ceiling down the road.

steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
Reply to  EAFOX
05/02/2021 11:18 am

I am wondering if Smith will get a chance at Right Tackle?

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  steve_chiefs
05/02/2021 11:26 am

I wouldn’t hold my breath on him being moved outside without a rash of injuries. He will get practice there in the offseason, because that is how Reid and Heck build their linemen. But his future is our RG.

Snafu
Snafu
Reply to  Severely Concussed
05/02/2021 1:06 pm

Isn’t playing in space a relative weakness of his? Just going by short reviews since I don’t know.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  Snafu
05/02/2021 1:47 pm

He played LT his sophomore season, but spent the last 2 at guard. If the coaches at Tennessee didn’t keep him at tackle, I don’t think our coaches in the NFL would trust him there.

EAFOX
Reply to  steve_chiefs
05/02/2021 11:33 am

I am sure that RT is Niang’s job to keep or lose. As concussed mentioned, Andy loves moving his linemen around so Smith will get some reps there at some point. If Long impresses at RG, then Smith could get more reps at RT. Nice problem to have – too much depth.

upamtn
Reply to  EAFOX
05/02/2021 5:30 pm

RT is Niang’s job to keep or lose

unless Schwartz returns

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua
Reply to  upamtn
05/02/2021 8:49 pm

Not likely, Pam. It’s Niang v/s Remmers, may the most effective man win.

EAFOX
Reply to  ForeverRanger91
05/02/2021 11:47 am

That could be the only thing that keeps him from starting from day one.

EAFOX
05/02/2021 11:11 am

As excited as I am to finally be able to talk about our draft picks, when I take a step back, I am wondering how much impact that they will have this year. How long before Bolton sees significant snaps since we play two linebackers more often than not? Hitch and Gay are those two. Creed and Smith could both legitimately start but, as you state, Andy could very well start with both on the bench. KAINDOHPASS is a project and it will probably be next year before he sees the field much. Can Powell break into the rotation of receivers with Andy’s complicated schemes sooner than later? Gray should see some action – a handful of plays geared towards him but he is a complimentary piece. Do not get me wrong – I like what we have for the most part but we might spend the first half of the season wondering why we drafted rookies if we are not going to play them.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  EAFOX
05/02/2021 1:23 pm

 Nice problem to have – too much depth.

Maw423
Maw423
Reply to  EAFOX
05/02/2021 6:26 pm

Exactly how I felt about most of our picks this year. Investments for down the road over immediate gain.

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