*************2016 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

2.37 Chris Jones, DE/DT, Mississippi State

Chris Jones was a late riser in the process, but he is a fair pick here. He has a ton of potential, and can be a very good addition to a defense that needs a little young blood.

B

3.74 Keivarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame

This is a tiny bit early for Russell, but still in his range. He definitely fits a range as well.

B+

OVERALL GRADE: B

No complaints on this one. The Chiefs may not have found many starters, but they found good defensive draft. I do think that their offense needs more attention sooner than later before they become a huge liability.

*************2015 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.18 Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

Peters fills a fair need and this is a slight steal for his talent, but he does have some major character issues that will need sorted. Luckily Reid is pretty good at fixing them.

B

2.49 Mitch Morse, OL, Mizzou

Morse will likely end up playing center which is a good move for the team. Unfortunately this is way too early (at least a round, but I would say two) for him. 

C+

3.76 Chris Conley, WR, Georgia

Conley has a ton of potential and could end up being a contributor right away for the team that was pathetic last year.

B

3.98 Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State

The 300th small corner in the draft, and yet another one with a good set of skills and potential.

B

4.118 Ramik Wilson, LB, Georgia

5.172 DJ Alexander, LB, Oregon State

5.173 James O'Shauhnessy, TE, Ill St

6.217 Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, Southern Miss

7.233 Da'Ron Brown, WR, NIU

OVERALL GRADE: B

Overall the team got a lot better on defense, especially in the pass game. But this is a team that really needed to walk away with some playmakers on offense as well.



*************2014 NFL DRAFT GRADES************
 

1.23 Dee Ford, DE/LB, Auburn

I am so happy that the Chiefs got to address their need at backup pass rusher. The team has two pro bowlers rushing the passer, but have some holes at receiver, guard, right tackle, and corner. Why the heck are they taking luxury picks, and why the heck are they reaching on them?

C-

3.87 Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

No complaints here. I don't think he has the impact that some other guys could have had, but he will get some good use.

B

4.124 De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

Awesome. They needed a change of pace tool.

5.163 Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

Perfect. Murray is a potential stud.

6.193 Zach Fulton, G, Tennesee

6.200 Laurent Duvernet-Tardif, OT, McGill


I love this pick. Duvernet-Tardif is possibly the first overall pick in the CFL draft, and he is an extremely good value here.

OVERALL GRADE: B-

This is the Benjamin Button of drafts. How the hell does the team finish up so good on day three, but suck on day one. This team needed to take the next step, but walked away with zero starters and some depth.

*************2013 NFL DRAFT GRADES************


1.1 Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Wow. This is why the team is picking 1st overall. The team took a great right tackle with blindside potential to pair up with a guy on a franchise tag. Instead of getting a more polished prospect that took on the best talent in the country the Chiefs took a guy who had slightly better workouts, despite the fact that the toughest team he faced last year was Iowa.

If they keep Brandon Albert then this pick will be dumb because he will play right tackle, and if they trade Albert then they took the wrong guy to protect the blind side. I just don't see how Fisher is a good pick.
 
C-

3.63 Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati

The team is clearly building around Alex Smith which is the right thing to do. Too bad their QB in  Alex Smith.

B
 
3.96 Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas

Knile Davis has the 2nd best skill set of any offensive player in this draft, but injuries and a bad season really knocked him off his game. If he can rebound though then look for a huge steal here.
 
 B


4.99 Nico Johnson, CB, Alabama

5.134 Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia


6.170 Eric Kush, C, Cal-PA

6.204 Brandon Wilson, FB, Kansas State

7.207 Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton


OVERALL GRADE: F+

Here is another draft that I hate. It isn't often that I see a team with the 1st overall pick come out of the draft with so little value, but that's what I see here. The team took a great RT with LT potential because they still have Brandon Albert. This is great if they don't lose Albert, but also insanely dumb because you don't draft a small school RT 1st overall.

Travis Kelce will help contribute and he might be the best pick of theirs, but while I like Knile Davis a lot he was a fringe 4th round pick because he is a luxury hit-or-miss runner. The team will probably end up winning 6-9 wins next year, but it will not be because of this draft.
 
 
 
 *************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 


1.11 Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis

I nailed this pick in my final mock, but I'm not going to give it as much love as some may. The team's biggest need was a nose tackle, but they are making a huge reach here. I think they would have been better off pulling the trade off with the Eagles and getting him a few picks later, but they filled a need and got a potential all star.

B-

2.44 Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois

I actually like the pick. Allen has some potential to play tackle in the NFL, but he also has potential to slide in and dominate. Either way I like the pick, and it is fair value.

B+

3.74: Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma

I like it when teams get offensive line help, but Stephenson is a slight reach here. Again I won't complain too much because the idea was there to help the entire offense.

C+

4.107 Devon Wylie, WR, Fresno State

I like that the team got an offensive weapon here, but I think Wylie was a slight reach with other talent on the board. 

C

5.146 DeQuan Menzie, CB, Alabama

Menzie didn't have the impact at corner that a lot of other had, but he was a solid value here that some thought could have gone in the 3rd round.

B+

6.182 Cyrus Gray, RB, TAMU

7.218 Jerome Long, DE/DT, SD State

7.238 Jerome Simpson, WR, Michigan



OVERALL GRADE: B

Overall this wasn't too bad of a draft for the Chiefs. They got a good blend of potential and value while also touching on quite a few of their needs. At worst the team found three guys that can start. 

 
 
 
*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 
 Picks

1.26 Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh

I really love this pick. The team was able to trade back just a couple of spot for this pick and got a receiver that I am very high on. If Baldwin embraces the coaching staff and the team then he could be the best receiver from this draft class. Overall the pick fills a need, and the team got some extra value to move back a little.

A

2.55 Rodney Hudson, OG/C, Florida State

Another very good pick. The team gets a guy that should instantly start on the interior.

B+

3.70 Justin Houston, DE/LB, Georgia

Wow. The team got this pick from the Browns to move back six places, and what a great pick it was. Houston could have gone in the top-20 if it weren't for a late break that he failed his combine drug test. An absolute steal, and a free pick.

A+
 
3.86 Allen Bailey, DE/DT, Miami

2012 is a contract year for Glenn Dorsey. Tyson Jackson still is a questionable pick. The team needed a security blanket for this year, and for next. Great value too.

A+

4.118 Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado

I can't complain too much here. I figured some team would think that Brown's "average" college career was because nobody smartly threw to Jimmy Smith. I like the pick, but don't love it.

B- 

5.135 Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa

Matt Cassel is fine enough, but I don't think the team sees him as a franchise guy. Getting a capable developmental guy was a great pick up.

B+

5.140 Gabe Miller, DE/LB, Oregon State

I am an Oregon grad that saw about every other OSU game, and I don't even really remember Miller being that good. A two year starter that isn't that great at pass rushing isn't a great equation for a pass rushing LB.

D

6.199 Jerrell Powe, NT, Ole Miss

Wow. A perfect pick for a perfect need, for a perfect value. Powe was neck and neck for first NT taken before the season, but was asked to change his NT technique. He should have been a 4th round pick, and he fits a major need.

A+

7.223 
 Shane Bannon, FB, Yale


Leave it to Yale to produce a pro fullback. I'm sure he'd be a steal back in 1934.

B

Draft Grade: A

I try not to give many A+ grades in my rankings, but the Chiefs got three this year. It really sucks too because I am a Raiders fan. The team fixed their issue at receiver while also getting Justin Houston for free. They found potential starters in the 5th and 6th rounds, and they covered their butts at defensive end. They also took guys that bleed potential, while also finding ways to instantly help the team. Bravo...jerks 

NEW GRADE: A

Three potential instant starters and five more that I think could start down the road. Great value on most picks, and smart trading. I don't know why so many people thought this draft was average.