2015 Draft in Review: Kansas City Chiefs
The NFL draft is over and it suddenly seems like a long time to wait for the next meaningful event on the NFL calendar. But frankly we’re still excited trying to break down what it all means for each team and so we’re going to share some of that excitement.
That’s right every team is going to have each pick broken down as well as a look at their undrafted free agents. Up now? The Kansas City Chiefs have added big numbers, but have they added big talent?
Round 1: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
His personality, which led to his been kicked off the team at Washington, worries you. Can he fit in the Chiefs culture? His talent doesn’t overly concern you because physical corners are very much something you like to see. Peters really likes a battle in that regard, with bigger receivers and wants to be involved in everything.
Depth Chart Fit: No reason to think he won’t be a Day 1 starter if he demonstrates his talent in training camp.
Round 2: Mitch Morse, OL, Missouri
A really tough pick to grade because we’ve seen Morse the tackle, and by all accounts the Chiefs are drafting him to be something else. Still he didn’t do anything at tackle that really convinced you he was going to be a guy you relied on in the pros. Had a negative grade with his run blocking, and only 29th in the class with his pass blocking efficiency numbers. If Morse turns out to be a stud, the coaching staff will dine out on it the rest of their careers.
Depth Chart Fit: Short of injuries getting him onto the field, he’s likely ticketed to sit, learn and develop for a run at any number of positions in 2016.
Round 3: Chris Conley, WR, Georgia
A true workout warrior, Conley is all speed and even then he doesn’t demonstrate it when cornerbacks get physical with him. He does bring an element of deep threat, where his six touchdowns of ball thrown 20 yards in the air were fourth in the nation. But will he offer anything else? …especially with a quarterback like Alex Smith who isn’t the most deep-pass friendly QB in the game.
Depth Chart Fit: He has a shot at seeing considerable playing time, but any impact will most likely have to come as a situational deep threat in Year 1.
Round 3: Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State
Feisty corner who didn’t miss a tackle all year, and only enhanced his stock with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. Graded extremely well on the year, with the eighth-highest production cornerback grade. Always mitigates some risk when you double dip at a position.
Depth Chart Fit: Will likely have to earn his stripes on special teams in Year 1, but there is a route to playing time that could easily open up if the team see a guy who can handle the slot.
Round 4: Ramik Wilson, LB, Georgia
At times something of a tackling machine, but a run in the middle of the season where he faced off against Vanderbilt, Missouri, Arkansas, Florida and Kentucky was far from impressive. Not an aggressive player, but does a good job getting off blocks with his hands.
Depth Chart Fit: Next to Derrick Johnson, there is a spot there if someone wants to make it their own. Why not Wilson?
Round 5: D.J. Alexander, LB, Oregon State
Much better against the run where his production grade was 19th-best in the nation. In coverage? Well let’s just say we don’t think he’ll be on the field on third down much this year. Started every game this year, but telling he wasn’t an every-down player.
Depth Chart Fit: He might actually find it easier to get playing time compared to Wilson in the team’s base package, but it’s hard to see him doing anything more than that.
Round 6: Rakeem Nunez-Roches, NT, Southern Miss
Great get here. “RNR” could prove the best friend of Dontari Poe, by allowing him to take some snaps off on the nose, where he’s an active clogger against the run. Level of competition will concern some, but he really played his backside off against Alabama as those around him floundered. Doesn’t offer anything as a pass rusher, but if you can find a situational contributor in the sixth, then we’re on board.
Depth Chart Fit: Backing up Dontari Poe.
Round 7: Da’Ron Brown, WR, Northern Illinois
Impressive ability after the catch saw Brown force 14 missed tackles. That was 12th most of all receivers in FBS football. Struggled against better opposition in Arkansas and Kansas State, and didn’t really light up the Shrine game.
Depth Chart Fit: Way down initially, will have to do some work to prove worthy of a roster spot.
DeVante Bausby, CB, Pittsburg State: Took no snaps against FBS opposition for Pittsburg State.
Justin Cox, DB, Mississippi State: Limited to just 281 snaps in his final year at Mississippi State, where he spent the majority of his time as a deep safety.
Travis Manning, CB, Northwest Missouri State: Took no snaps against FBS opposition for Missouri State.
David Irving, DI, Iowa State: No snaps in 2014 after being dismissed from the team for his part in a riot at VEISHEA. Talent and baggage.
Charles Taamu, DI, Texas A&M-Commerce: Took no snaps against FBS opposition for Texas A&M-Commerce.
Sage Harold, ED, James Madison: Played 64 snaps against FBS opposition for James Madison, where he generated nothing as a pass rusher and missed two tackles. Is athletic, but not to the same level as his uncle Eli.
Alex Deleon, FB, FAU: Versatile blocker who spent time lined up in the slot, at tight end (primarily) and full back. Was 15th ranked run blocker from TE position of draft eligible players.
D.J. Lynch, LB, Bowling Green: Played 612 snaps for Bowling Green, but missed too many tackles (nine missed, 33 made)
Justin March, LB, Akron: Graded positively for his run defense while finishing sixth on the team with 627 snaps.
Andrew East, LS, Vanderbilt: In addition to his long snapping, East was in on three tackles but did miss two.
Charles Sweeton, OT, Tennessee-Martin: Featured on 167 snaps against FBS opposition, but really struggled against Mississippi State where he got beat for a sack, a hit and two hurries.
Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss: Of all draft eligible quarterbacks, had the 34th (out of 42) highest passer grade. Completely falls apart under pressure, where his rating went from 103.8 to 55.2.
Cody Sokol, QB, Louisiana Tech: Of all draft eligible quarterbacks had the 33rd (out of 42) highest passer grade. Was terrible when blitzed, where his completion percentage dropped to 46.5%.
Tyrequek Zimmerman, S, Oregon State: Active safety who graded well against the run, and featured in a team-high 76 tackles. Spent majority of time as deep safety, but did spend good amount in the slot.
Alan Turner, S, Arkansas: Arkansas safety didn’t distinguish himself, with some poor work in coverage being largely to blame. Spent majority of time at deep safety.
Manasseh Garner, WR, Pittsburgh: May project to tight end for the Chiefs, but spent most of his time at Pittsburgh as a non-targeted wide receiver. 473 snaps but only 35 targets.
Dan Light, TE, Fordham: FCS player who we saw 33 largely anonymous snaps against Army.
Westlee Tonga, TE, Utah: Chiefly played on offense where he was one of the worst run blocking tight ends in the country. Did generate a hurry on one of his two snaps on defense.
Ernest Pettway, TE, Villanova: Had some struggles with his run blocking in his only game against FBS opposition (Syracuse).
Kenny Cook, WR, Gardner-Webb: No snaps evaluated against FBS opposition for Gardner-Webb.
Donatella Luckett, WR, Harding: Briefest of glimpses of him against FBS opposition with just 12 snaps during the Senior Bowl.
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