The Chiefs draft class is all over the place. Some will make immediate impacts while others may never see a snap. Which rookies will make a 2020 impact?
Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Edwards-Helaire is a perfect match for Andy Reid’s offense. Reid has said he is very similar to Brian Westbrook, who was an All-Pro under Reid, so even if Edwards-Helaire isn’t the “starter” he will be a big part of the offense.
Willie Gay: Gay will be a day one starter. The Chiefs have thrived on speed and have now added their “Tyreek Hill” on defense. Gay was one of the premier coverage linebackers in the draft, something the Chiefs desperately need, and his speed mixed with instincts and coverage ability will make for a vast improvement at their worst spot.
Lucas Niang: The offense doesn’t have need for an offensive tackle right now. However, Niang could slide to the inside and potentially start. At worst, the Chiefs have a guy who never allowed a sack at TCU as their backup tackle.
L’Jarius Sneed: Sneed is a good depth addition due to his versatility. He can play safety or cornerback thanks to his blazing speed, instinct, and reflexes. He in incredibly raw and is relatively weak in the run game, however, and that makes his ability to make a true impact vulnerable.
Bopete Keyes: Keyes feels more like a practice squad type player. He’s like a raw block of marble that needs a lot of carving to be turned into anything. He has the size to be a good corner but lacks speed and top coverage ability. The Chiefs don’t have a lot of depth at corner though and that could lead to Keyes seeing some time.
Mike Danna: Out of all the rookies, Danna has the smallest chance to make any sort of impact…if he even makes the team. Danna is a player that should not have gone before the seventh round but the Chiefs reached for him in the fifth. He does’t have the tools nor size to be an impact player. It will take some serious work for him to even be worthy of a roster spot.
At minimum the Chiefs will have two rookies who will be immediate impact players. They have two players who look like long term investments that have the potential to pay off. They also have two players who likely won’t make any impact at all in 2020. Overall, the Chiefs should have a top five class based on immediate impact. What more can you ask for?
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