KC Chiefs can build depth in final rounds of NFL Draft

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The NFL Draft ends Saturday for Chiefs coach Andy Reid (shown in this file photo), general manager Brett Veach and the rest of Kansas City’s front office.

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It’s the last day of the 2022 NFL Draft and the Kansas City Chiefs hold six more selections in Rounds 4-7.

So what can we expect now that Saturday has dawned in Las Vegas?

The Chiefs have met some of their most pressing needs with their first five picks, selecting a cornerback, defensive end, wide receiver and safety. They also grabbed a linebacker.

But the Chiefs are still aiming to strengthen another key position group after missing the first three rounds of the draft: the offensive line.

“It’s right up there with the players at the position we picked (Friday night), but it still stuck on the board,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said at the end of Round 3. “Where we had some of these linemen, it just didn’t work out where these guys were rated much higher as far as our ranking goes.

“There were a few linemen there, five, six, seven, eight picks, that went before a couple of these guys that we took that would have been in play.”

With the Chiefs having four seventh-round picks today, it might make sense to use their fourth- or fifth-round pick to add that offensive lineman — especially a tackle.

Offensive lineman Lucas Niang, who started nine games at right tackle in 2021, remains on the mend after a knee injury suffered in the regular season finale. He shouldn’t be ready until after training camp.

The Chiefs also have veteran tackles in Andrew Wylie, who started seven games at good tackle last year, and Geron Christian, but both will work on one-year contracts.

Veach won’t be in a rush to get a tackle because of how the previous two days of the draft have gone. The Chiefs stayed true to their editorial board, securing value to posts that needed it.

And on the final day of the draft, it’s not just the top five that could use a little more depth. The Chiefs added a quick assist to the pass-rush early by spending a first-round pick on Purdue’s George Karlaftis, but inside the D line remains ripe because veteran Derrick Nnadi is only re-signed for a one year contract.

“The O and D lines will always be something you enjoy every round, every draft,” Veach said.

Did you know …

Skyy Moore is the second wide receiver the Chiefs have selected in the second round in the last four drafts. The last time the Chiefs went this route was with Mecole Hardman (56th overall, Georgia) in 2019.

Safety Bryan Cook becomes the fourth Cincinnati Bearcat drafted by the Chiefs. He joins defensive tackle Derrick Ransom (1998), tight end Travis Kelce (2013), and offensive lineman Parker Ehinger (2016).

The addition of Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal in the third round marks the third straight draft in which the Chiefs have selected a linebacker. Willie Gay Jr. was a 2020 second-round pick; Nick Bolton was a second rounder in 2021.

Quotable Day 2

• “That’s a big compliment and I appreciate whoever said that. I would agree with that. – Cook on the assessment that he is a homing missile to safety

• “People who watch my game know I’m going to be one of the most violent guys on the pitch at all times.” — Chenal, on his style of play

• “We were really looking at Skyy; we wanted Skyy. — Chiefs assistant general manager Mike Borgonzi on Moore’s selection at No. 54 after Chiefs traded four picks from No. 50

Chiefs’ remaining draft picks

How to watch the draft

Saturday’s coverage of Rounds 4-7 begins at 11 a.m. Central Time on ABC (KMBC, Ch. 9 in Kansas City), ESPN and NFL Network. Streams are available on the ESPN app and NFL Network website.

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