Hank Stram said, "We've just got to keep matriculatin' that ball down the field."  Inigo Montoya said, "I do not think that word means wha' you think it means."

Kansas City Chiefs 2018 NFL Draft Grade: B

The Chiefs didn't have a first round pick because of last year's Pat Mahomes trade, but they did well with what they had.  DTs Breeland Speaks and Derek Nnadi were both underrated prospects and they could see significant snaps as rookies. We also think LB Dorian O'Daniel and S Armani Watts will develop into starters with the potential to be special teams aces early in their career.

Kansas City Chiefs 2017 Draft Grade: C-

We thought we were bigger fans of QB Pat Mahomes than most, but apparently we were wrong.  The Saints were planning to draft him at 11 before the Chiefs jumped up to 10.  They traded next year's first round pick for a guy who won't play in 2016 barring an injury to Alex Smith. It's a steep price, particularly considering Mahomes is coming from a system that hasn't generated an elite NFL tosser.  We love a number of aspects of Mahomes game but there is work to be done, and we think Andy Reid fell in love with the idea that he's the next Brett Favre. Second round DE Tanoh Passignon is a similar prospect to Mahomes, but on the defensive side.  His ceiling is high but there's polishing to be done.  RB Kareem Hunt will have an opportunity to earn playing time as a rookie. 

Kansas City Chiefs 2016 Draft Grade: C-

Chris Jones was a solid second round pick, but after that the Chiefs reached for corners in the third and fourth round.  The only other picks we thought were a good value were 6th round CB DJ White and 7th round DE Dadi Nicolas.   Besides Jones, there might not be another starter in this class.

Kansas City Chiefs 2015 Draft Grade: C+

The Chiefs took a chance in the first round selecting talented but troubled corner Marcus Peters.  They followed that up with a guy we like in OT Mitch Morse, but we didn't like him that early.  Wide Receiver Chris Conley was a reach in the third.  In the later rounds they drafted two defensive players who could contribute, LB Ramik Wilson out of Georgia and DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches.  If Peters pans out this could be a solid draft, but if he flames out it will be a bad one.

UDFA most likely to make the team:  Justin Cox- CB, Mississippi State

Kansas City Chiefs 2014 Draft Grade: C+

When a team does the shankapotomus on its first round pick it's hard to recover, particularly when they don't have a second rounder.  Dee Ford was a reach at pick #22.  We've said all along we thought he was the second coming of Bruce Irvin.  He will be a situational player and the first round is simply too early for that.  After the first round we really like what the Chiefs did.  3rd round corner Phillip Gaines has nice upside and fourth round RB D'anthony Thomas should replace Dexter McCluster.  5th QB Aaron Murray could be the Chiefs starter as soon as 2014 if Alex Smith gets hurt.  He was an undervalued player in this draft.  Late round offensive linemen Zach Fulton and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif both have starter athletic ability.

UDFA most likely to make the team: Albert Wilson- WR, Georgia State