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.