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Upon Further Review: Reactions to the Chiefs' 2018 Draft Class

Here’s how some of the experts from around the web evaluated the Chiefs’ draft class

The Kansas City Chiefs made six additions in the 2018 NFL Draft last weekend, bolstering their defense with five of the six picks.

The folks at Bleacher Report seem to like what the Chiefs have done throughout the offseason as a whole so far, ranking Kansas City as the No. 9 team in their Post-Draft Power Rankings.

Here's an excerpt from the story:

The big thing to watch with the Kansas City Chiefs this year will be the switch to Patrick Mahomes  at quarterback. I'm excited about it because Mahomes has Brett Favre-type ability and can be one of the best passers in the league early.

The Chiefs had a phenomenal free agency too. Adding Sammy Watkins gives Mahomes another downfield target, and bringing in Kendall Fuller and Anthony Hitchens should help improve the defense. I know Kansas City lost Marcus Peters, but I believe the defense will be better.

Kansas City didn't have a first-round pick but still landed two of the best defensive tackles in the draft in Breeland Speaks and Derrick Nnadi. The Chiefs needed depth and talent up front and they got it.

If the defense can take even a small step forward, the Chiefs will be extremely dangerous. With Mahomes at the helm, the offense is going to be one of the most explosive in football.


Here's how the experts from around the web reacted to each of Kansas City's selections over the weekend.

Defensive end Breeland Speaks can get after the passer

Here's more on Speaks from The Kansas City Star’s Terez Paylor:

Speaks, 22, is listed at 6-foot-3 and 283 pounds. In 2017, he recorded 67 tackles (eight for loss) and seven sacks — all career-highs — primarily as a defensive end.

He certainly has his fans around the NFL, including a scout reached by The Star Friday night.

"Very good athlete — can play laterally and redirect quickly at his size," the scout said. "High upside with inside/outside flexibility…relentless tough guy."

Third-round pick Derrick Nnadi thrived against the run at Florida State

Clemson product Dorian O'Daniel was one of the top linebackers in the country last season

Fourth-round pick Armani Watts was a do-it-all safety for Texas A&M

Watts could qualify as a steal from this draft. Watts should compete for a starting job in training camp, and with Eric Berry returning from injury, he could be part of a transformation on coordinator Bob Sutton's defense. Solid coaching should help him capitalize on immense athletic ability. Always respect four-year starters like Watts.

Cornerback Tremon Smith may have been one of the top sleeper picks in the draft

Former defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie will make the switch to offense in Kansas City

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