Who Should the Kansas City Chiefs Draft First in 2020?

By Michael Wynn in NFL
| April 21, 2020 1:25 pm PDT
Who Should the Kansas City Chiefs Draft First?

Andy Reid doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel; he just needs to keep the train moving. That’s why it’s fun to debate who the Kansas City Chiefs should draft first.

The defending Super Bowl champs own the final pick on Day 1 and won’t make another selection until the penultimate pick on Day 2. Lots of Chiefs mock drafts will show KC taking a cornerback with the 32nd pick, but it’s hard to know what Brett Veach is thinking.

Other positions need to be replenished, and there are still some free agents who could add value to this roster. For example, if the Chiefs signed Logan Ryan, perhaps this franchise could focus their attention on a running back or linebacker with their first pick. 

Kansas City Chiefs’ Biggest Draft Needs

  • CB
  • IOL
  • RB
  • LB

Kendall Fuller inked a $40 million deal with Washington, and big question marks are surrounding the consistency of Charvarius Ward and Rashad Fenton. Antonio Hamilton was signed to be a backup corner, so it’s pretty obvious that drafting a CB is going to take place.

Drafting depth on the offensive line and finding a running back to rotate in are also items on the agenda. Depending on which cornerbacks are available, I wouldn’t put it past Veach to spend their first pick on an offensive player. That’s a scary thought when you think about how dominant this offense was in 2019.

Taking all of the Chiefs’ needs into account, here are a few options that would make sense at #32.

A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

A.J. Terrell doesn’t have the strongest lower body, and he’s not a ferocious tackler. I might as well get his only “weaknesses” out of the way because everything else about Terrell’s game pops.

At 6’1” and 195 pounds, A.J. possesses good size for an NFL corner. His speed is not to be taken for granted, as he posted a 4.42 40 that clocked in faster than the likes of Jerry Jeudy and Justin Jefferson. A.J. does a tremendous job jabbing receivers off the line of scrimmage and can adapt in all coverages. The Clemson CB always seems to be in a good position, which traces back to arguably his best trait of all.

Terrell reads the quarterback brilliantly and has great instincts on the field. Once Jeffrey Okudah and C.J. Henderson come off the board, it’s possible A.J. is the next cornerback to hear his name called.

D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

The betting favorite to be the first running back drafted is D’Andre Swift for good reason. Swift demonstrated he’s a lot more than a one-trick pony during his time at Georgia and has a skill set that will make NFL GMs salivate.

D’Andre’s insane 6.6 yards per carry average in Athens hints at his big-play ability, but at 215 pounds, Swift can also do damage in between the tackles. The Philly native reeled in 46 balls for Kirby Smart over the last two seasons and is exactly what you want out of a three-down back.

Not that he’d need to be a workhorse right away, but splitting carries with Damien Williams would add a yet another layer to what is already the most impressive offense in football.

Cesar Ruiz, OG/C, Michigan 

Stefen Wisniewski left the Chiefs for the Steelers in free agency, and Andy Reid did nothing to compensate for his loss. That tells me that KC could very well spend the 32nd pick on an interior offensive lineman.

Enter Cesar Ruiz.

The former center at Michigan started five games at right guard and is going to excel wherever an NFL team plugs him in. John Harbaugh can relay information about Cesar’s persistent demeanor and incredible athleticism, but it all shines through on the tape.

Kansas City would love to get their hands on Ruiz at the tail end of Day 1, but his availability at that point could be in question. The Ravens may have already plucked him at #28.

Who Will the Chiefs Draft First?

It’s important to add depth at running back as there’s not a lot to get excited about after Damien Williams. Bulking up the heart of the offensive line is even more significant, but here’s the fact of the matter.

The way Patrick Mahomes continually destroys opposing defenses leaves opponents with no choice but to get “pass-happy” to try and play catch-up. Kansas City can combat that by drafting A.J. Terrell with their first pick.

Terrell’s arrival would make it that much harder for teams to sling it around against Kansas City. Scoring points isn’t the issue for Andy Reid’s bunch; it’s stopping the other team from doing the same thing.

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