It is hard to top what the Chiefs pulled off on day one. The Chiefs succeed in landing the quarterback of the future in Patrick Mahomes. The focus quickly shifted to day two. The Chiefs made the most of day two, taking Tanoh Kpassagnon (DE, Villanova) in round two and trading up to get Kareem Hunt (RB, Toledo) in round three. Let’s analyze the picks and preview day three of the draft.
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Analyzing The Tanoh Kpassagnon Pick
Many believed that Tanoh Kpassagnon was a puzzling pick in round two, but GM John Dorsey addressed this last night. Dorsey said Kpassagnon will play defensive end in the 3-4 scheme they currently run. But, there are plenty of questions surrounding Kpassagnon. He played as an edge rusher at Villanova, and was raw, but productive. Kpassagnon will have to adjust in his new role, but there is promise with him. His motor is very impressive as a rusher, and he can add depth along the line. The Chiefs will work with him to be productive, and this pick could work out very well.
Analyzing The Kareem Hunt Pick
The Chiefs traded a fourth round pick and a seventh round pick to move up to select Kareem Hunt. While there were plenty of top backs taken early, the Chiefs may have gotten a steal in Kareem Hunt. Hunt brings a lot to the table as a runner. He has the one cut ability along with the fight to break tackles. Hunt can run downhill and be a great complement for Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware. The Chiefs nailed this pick.
What To Expect On Day Three
The Chiefs still have holes to fill on day three. They did lost a couple day three picks because of the trade to get Hunt, but they can still find value with their four picks. Who are some players to watch out for? The Chiefs have needs in a multiple of spots. One spot in particular is cornerback, where they could use someone opposite Marcus Peters. Players who would fit will include Corn Elder from Miami and Desmond King from Iowa. King could also address another need for the Chiefs: safety.
The defensive line could use some depth, and guys like DJ Jones from Mississippi and Tanzel Smart from Tulane would help out a lot. Offensive line could also use some depth, and top guard Dorian Johnson from Pitt still sits on the board. Linebacker is one need the Chiefs should address on day three. Derrick Johnson is in the twilight of his career, so it is important to address this position. Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Tennessee) and Blair Brown (Ohio) are two solid options there.
— Jake Schyvinck is a Managing Editor for cover32 and covers the Kansas City Chiefs. He can be followed on Twitter here.