Now that we have covered which defensive jobs will be challenged, now it is time for the offense. While the main focus of the Chiefs draft class was defense, there were still some solid offensive picks as well. There are only two viable options here, with one being on the fence depending on how they perform in camp and pre-season.
There was only three offensive picks total, so all three will be listed here. That being said, let’s check out which offensive positions will be challenged by the new rookie class.
Offensive Tackle: Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
The Chiefs’ offensive line is one of the weak points for the team, at least on the right side of the line. That being said, I think Kinnard will be the starting right tackle by the end of camp. Based on the current depth chart, right tackle is wide open for someone to take. Kinnard is a flexible lineman, so he could even see time at guard if needed. If he pans out, Kinnard might be the best pick of this draft class.
Kinnard is one of the best run-blocking linemen in the draft. Kinnard earned an 89.0 PFF run block grade three years in a row. He also took home the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2021, which is awarded to the top offensive lineman in the SEC. Overall, Kinnard might be one of the most valuable picks in the whole draft. Kansas City should look to immediately plug him into the starting line if he performs well in camp. But I see no issues with Kinnard adjusting to the NFL speed, and he will flourish.
Wide Receiver: Skyy Moore, Western Michigan
Next, we have the only wide receiver pick for the Chiefs in Skyy Moore. While the receiving room for KC has been filled up before the draft, Moore could still find playing time. Moore is a more slender build and relies more on his speed. The only remaining player similar to Moore on this roster is Mecole Hardman. Hardman is entering a contract year, so keep an eye on that because if Hardman leaves, Moore could step up.
With the loss of Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs had to make moves for wide receivers. The acquisition of Marquez Valdez-Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster helps big time. But you can never have too much talent at wide receiver, and I think Moore could challenge for some playing time at the slot. With Mahomes throwing the ball, he can slice up a defense with quick slant routes or become a deep threat. To earn that spot, Moore will need to play well in camp and pre-season.
Running Back: Isaih Pacheco, Rutgers
This is the more unrealistic roster spot for a guy to move up. The Chiefs are set in stone with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Ronald Jones. The only movement here would be to pass Derrick Gore on the depth chart. Pacheco brings incredible speed and good direction change abilities. If he can improve in his blocking and third-down running abilities, he might be of use at some point this season.
Which depth chart spot do you think the new Chiefs’ offensive rookies will take over? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion.
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