Upon Further Review: Reactions to the Chiefs’ Draft Picks

The Kansas City Chiefs added six players to the roster over the course of the 2019 NFL Draft last weekend, picking up wide receiver Mecole Hardman, defensive back Juan Thornhill, defensive tackle Khalen Saunders, cornerback Rashad Fenton, tailback Darwin Thompson and guard/center Nick Allegretti.

Here’s what the analysts from around the web thought of Kansas City’s selections.

*1. Hardman can run, there’s no doubt about that   *

The University of Georgia product recorded a 4.33 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine back in March – the fifth-fastest time among all players. The guy is a burner – both on offense and in the return game.

Former teammate and current Los Angeles Rams’ tailback Todd Gurley was pretty pumped about the pick, too.

2. Speaking of versatile players, defensive back Juan Thornhill was a jack of all trades at the University of Virginia.

Thornhill has experience at safety, cornerback and nickel, but wherever he lines up, the guy finds a way to make plays.

Arizona Cardinals’ All-Pro tailback David Johnson had this to say about the addition of Thornhill.

3. Third-round pick Khalen Saunders, meanwhile, was a force along the defensive line at Western Illinois.

He even earned the nickname “the Aaron Donald of the FCS” due to his tendency to dominate the competition. The guy was simply a beast, and he has a great story, too.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. had this to say about Saunders:

Western Illinois defensive tackle Khalen Saunders could be a steal for Kansas City at No. 84. I thought he might go in the top 50. He could be a good complement to Chris Jones.

He can also turn a backflip, so there’s that.

4. The Chiefs added to their secondary once again in the sixth round, selecting cornerback Rashad Felton.

5. Some thought tailback Darwin Thompson could be one of the steals of the draft.

Thompson put together a huge season at Utah State in 2018, averaging 6.8 yards per carry while ranking amongst the best at shedding tackles.

6. Finally, seventh-round pick Nick Allegretti drew rave reviews for both his play on the field and how he carried himself away from it.

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