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Kansas City Chiefs: Best Scenario For The 2022 NFL Draft

The Chiefs come into the draft with the most picks in the NFL at 12 total. With all of those picks, they certainly have plenty of holes to fill on the roster. Numerous reports have declared this draft to be deep in the biggest areas of need: wide receiver, defensive back, and edge rusher.

The Chiefs have six picks in the top 103, including two in the first, second, third, and fourth rounds, respectively. That gives the team plenty of ammunition to find key contributors. Whether it be a trade-up – or trade-back – scenario, they have a lot of room to maneuver. But, what is the best scenario for the 2022 NFL Draft? Let’s hash it out.

The Chiefs Roster Needs

With just over a week left until the start of the first round, the Chiefs have some major position groups to address. I will start with their biggest need, which is an edge rusher. Currently, the Chiefs have Frank Clark, Joshua Kaindoh, Mike Danna, and several unproven additions to the roster. A four-man pass rush predicates the Steve Spagnuolo defense, and the Chiefs do not currently have a group on the edge that feels does not complete.

Next, the Chiefs must address defensive back, specifically corner. Kansas City cleaned house this offseason. Tyrann Mathieu, Charvarious Ward, Dan Sorensen, and Mike Hughes are all players who saw significant snap counts that are no longer on the roster – at least for now. The Chiefs look to start safeties Justin Reid and Juan Thornhill and corners L’Jarius Sneed and Rashad Fenton, but there is not much depth behind those four. The Chiefs have not been known to spend draft capital on corners early in the draft, but that trend is set to change.

Last, we need to talk about the wide receiver. The Chiefs made one of the biggest trades of the offseason, sending away Tyreek Hill for a haul of 2022 & 2023 picks. After signing JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (that is a lot to type, so I will be referring to them as JuJu & MVS, respectively), the Chiefs’ receiver room is deep. However, they do not have that x-factor type of receiver. Hardman and Josh Gordon should see more opportunity, but draft capital needs to go towards this.

Draft Capital

As mentioned earlier, the Chiefs have 12 total picks. This gives the Chiefs a lot of opportunities to draft some talent, but they can also trade to get what they want. Their capital includes multiple picks in the first, second, third, fourth, and seventh rounds.

The Chiefs can take several different strategies. If they would like to trade their picks for an established player to address their receiver needs, they can. If they want to grab a corner on the back end of their contract, they can. If they want to invest some capital into a young edge rusher on a rookie deal, they can. The possibilities are endless when it comes to their means of acquiring players from other rosters.

They also have the power to trade up and grab just about any player they want. They can package two first for a top 12 pick. They can move their first and a second to move into the top 16. They can even trade back to pick up additional picks or do a combination of the both. If the Chiefs decide they want to move up and then move back to recoup those picks, they certainly can. There is no team in the 2022 Draft with more flexibility than Kansas City.

Best-Case Scenario

The moment you have all been waiting for: the best scenario for the Chiefs in the 2022 NFL Draft. Let’s start with the first round. The Chiefs have picks 29 & 30 in the first, 50 & 64 in the second, and picks 94 & 103 in the third. That is plenty of ammunition to trade up and grab the kind of impact player they need. History will tell us that Brett Veach will make a trade, that is for sure.

Ideally, the Chiefs are trading up first, moving into the 13-18 range to grab a receiver. Most mock drafts have seen guys like Jameson Williams, Chris Olave, Christian Watson, Jahan Dotson, and Drake London going in this range. If the Chiefs trade up and grab a guy in this range, they still have another pick at 29 or 30.

With the receiver addressed, they can now turn their attention to the defensive side of the ball. This draft is deep at the edge, and with players like Boye Mafe and David Ojabo falling to the late-first round, it is the perfect opportunity to stand pat. If the edge rush is picked over, then they can turn their focus to the corner. Players like Kaiir Elam, Kyler Gordon, and Jalen Pitre are falling to the end of the first, leaving them several options.

The Rest Of The Draft

From there, the Chiefs can use their second pick to grab either an edge or a corner, whichever they do not address in the first. With the Chiefs focusing their approach on rookie players, they can develop their own talent, stay cheap on the salary cap, and build depth for other positions.

The drat features several players in the draft who can be key contributors. Nik Bonitto & George Pickens in the second round, Cam Thomas & King Enagbare in the third, or potential day three picks like Neil Farrell Jr, JoJo Domann, and KC-Local Sam Webb.

The Chiefs are not going to draft players with all 12 of their picks, but I fully expect them to make the trades necessary to walk away from his draft with 6-8 new players that can compete on this roster. They will be the most exciting team to watch in the draft this year, and I trust the front office to make the right moves.

Where do you want the Chiefs to focus on in this draft primarily? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion.

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