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Upon Further Review: 11 Quick Facts Regarding the Chiefs’ 2017 NFL Draft

Posted May 1, 2017

Here are some nuggets following the conclusion of the 2017 NFL Draft

1. Introducing the Chiefs’ draft class of 2017:

Rd. | Overall | Pos. | Player | Ht. | Wt. | College

1 | 10 | QB | Patrick Mahomes II | 6-3 | 230 | Texas Tech
2 | 59 | DL | Tanoh Kpassagnon | 6-7 | 289 | Villanova
3 | 86 | RB | Kareem Hunt | 5-11 | 216 | Toledo
4 | 139 | WR | Jehu Chesson | 6-2 | 204 | Michigan
5 | 183 | LB | Ukeme Eligwe | 6-2 | 239 | Georgia Southern
6 | 218 | DB | Leon McQuay III | 6-1 | 195 | USC

2. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey made four trades from the start of the draft to its end.

- Kansas City traded its first-round pick (27th Overall) in 2017, a third-round pick in 2017 (91st Overall) and a first-round pick in 2018, for the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The club used the 10th pick in the 2017 draft to select Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes II.

- Kansas City traded its third-round compensatory select on (104th Overall), its fourth-round pick (132nd Overall) and its final pick in the seventh round (245th Overall) for a third-round pick (86th Overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft. The club selected RB Kareem Hunt from Toledo. It’s also important to note that this was the first ever draft that compensatory selections were eligible to be traded, and the Chiefs took advantage.

- Kansas City traded TE James O’Shaughnessy and the 216th pick in the 2017 draft to the New England Patriots for the 183rd Overall pick in the fifth round of the 2017 draft. The Chiefs used the 183rd pick on LB Ukeme Eligwe from Georgia Southern.

- Kansas City traded two fifth-round picks (170 and 180 Overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft for a fourth-round pick (139th Overall) and selected WR Jehu Chesson from Michigan.

3. Patrick Mahomes II is in good company when it comes to the last drafted first-round quarterbacks of Andy Reid and John Dorsey.

- The last time head coach Andy Reid drafted a quarterback in the first round was 18 years ago with the Philadelphia Eagles, selecting Donovan McNabb with the second overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft.

- The last time general manager John Dorsey drafted a quarterback in the first round was during the 2005 NFL Draft when the Green Bay Packers selected Aaron Rodgers with the 24th overall selection. At the time, Dorsey was the Packers’ director of college scouting. 

4. Villanova defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon becomes the next member of “Sack City.”

5. Kpassagnon was the first defensive player taken out of Villanova since two were selected in the 1981 draft.

The Detroit Lions selected DB Dave Martin in the ninth round (240th overall), and the Oakland Raiders selected Pro Football Hall of Famer DE Howie Long with the 48th overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft. 

6. Kareem Hunt became just the second Chiefs player drafted 86th overall.

Fans should be familiar with the other—current Chiefs defensive lineman Allen Bailey was selected 86th overall back in 2011. 

7. An eye-popping statistic on the Chiefs’ third-round running back.

Running back Kareem Hunt is the career leader in yards rushing at Toledo (4,945), but it’s his sophomore year that jumps off the stat sheet. 

In 2014, Hunt rushed 205 times for 1,631 yards for an astounding 8.0 yards per carry. That’s remarkable production. 

8. The Chiefs’ fourth-round selection, wide receiver Jehu Chesson, grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.

9. According to Pro Football Focus, the Chiefs’ fifth-round pick, Georgia Southern linebacker Ukeme Eligwe, has a knack for getting to the quarterback.

10. The Chiefs’ sixth-round selection, safety Leon McQuay III, has a rather interesting family connection to the Chiefs.

11. The Chiefs had no pick in the draft’s final round for the second year in a row.

The 2017 NFL Draft marks back‐to‐back drafts the club has not selected a player in the seventh round, the first time the club has not had a seventh-round pick in back‐to‐back drafts since the NFL moved to the current seven‐round format in 1994.

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