The Chiefs added two potential starters in Round 1, but they can add even more value by landing one of these players on Day 2.
Both Trent McDuffie and George Karlaftis project as immediate starters for the Chiefs. That, by itself, should allow Kansas City’s front office to feel pretty good about their 2022 NFL Draft class. Of course, the team can take things from good to great by finding value on Day 2.
Many Chiefs fans want to see the team find some sort of replacement for Tyreek Hill sooner, rather than later. Taking the best player available is the more likely course of action for a team with as much talent as Kansas City. The following prospects should feature prominently in the team’s thinking when the No. 50 overall pick goes on the clock.
Chiefs: Best players available for Day 2
David Ojabo, Edge, Michigan
Ojabo will need a redshirt year after suffering a torn Achilles during the pre-draft process. Before that unfortunate incident, he was regularly being mocked as a mid-first-round selection. The Chiefs could be the team that stops his slide in Round 2. Pairing him with George Karlaftis over the long haul could give the team a pair of young, premium edge rushers to build their defense around.
Andrew Booth, Corner, Clemson
Booth is another prospect who fell out of the first round partly due to injury concerns. Again, Kansas City could double up on a position they selected in the first round by landing the Clemson defensive back in Round 2.
Booth may need some time to adjust to the rigors of life in the NFL, but his upside might be higher than first-round pick Trent McDuffie’s. If he falls all the way to No. 50 don’t be surprised if the Chiefs rush to the podium to make the pick.
Christian Watson, Wide Receiver, North Dakota State
If the Chiefs do want to add another receiver in Round 2 then Watson could easily be the guy. He won’t replace Hill in the slot but he can give Patrick Mahomes a big target on the outside with surprising body control for a player of his size. He may come from a small school, but he’s a big-time talent.
Trey McBride, Tight End, Colorado State
Travis Kelce can’t play at an elite level forever and it would make a lot of sense for the Chiefs to find his replacement in this year’s draft class. McBride doesn’t have the same ceiling as a receiver but he’s got good speed and excellent hands. He also has the ability to play as an in-line blocker as a rookie with Kelce occupying the slot.