The Kansas City Chiefs become the first team to draft a running back in the 2020 NFL Draft by selecting Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the last pick in the first round. The LSU RB will bolster an already dangerous Kansas City offense, and will serve as a dual-threat back behind Damien Williams in Andy Reid’s impressive offense.
As the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Chiefs were able to retain a majority of their stars, so had a lighter draft than other teams.
They added a member to their offensive line who has the potential to be their starting rick tackle of the future, Lucas Niang. The three-year starter excelled in TCU’s zone-blocking run scheme, and didn’t allow a single sack in 44 games. Niang has good body control and will be a great addition to Patrick Mahomes’ protection.
With the rest of its picks, Kansas City focused on defense, adding linebacker Willie Gay Jr., safety L’Jarius Sneed, edge rusher Mike Danna and cornerback Thakarius Keyes. While the Chiefs already had an impressive secondary defense, notching 16 interceptions and only allowing 21 passing touchdowns, they lost a few key players in Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller, making the secondary a draft need for them. Gay Jr.’s incredible athleticism was on display at the combine, giving him high-upside if he’s able to become more consistent and less of a wild card player.
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Round 1, pick 32: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
Round 2, pick 63 (from 49ers): Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State
Round 3, pick 96: Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
Round 4, pick 138: L’Jarius Sneed, S, Louisiana Tech
Round 5, pick 177: Mike Danna, DE, Michigan
Round 7, pick 237 (from Broncos via Patriots): Thakarius Keyes, CB, Tulane
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