KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Update | The Chiefs selected linebacker Leo Chenal with the 103rd pick in the NFL Draft on Friday night.
Chenal played his college ball at the University of Wisconsin.
Update | With the 91st pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected running back Rachaad White.
White, a Kansas City native, finished his college career at Arizona State.
He attended Central High School.
Update |With the 62nd pick in the second round, the Chiefs selected safety Bryan Cook from the University of Cincinnati.
With the pick, the Chiefs have now used three of their first four picks on defensive players.
Update | After trading their 50th pick to the Patriots, the Chiefs selected receiver Skyy Moore.
Moore played his college football at Western Michigan.
He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 195 pounds.
Update | The Kansas City Chiefs traded their 50th pick in the second round of the NFL Draft to the New England Patriots.
In exchange, the Chiefs received the 54th pick in the second round and the 158th pick in the fifth round.
Update |A native of Wichita, Kansas is heading to the NFL after being selected by the New York Jets.
Breece Hall, who attended Iowa State University, was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.
Hall graduated from Wichita Northwest High School.
Original Story | In the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs moved up eight places to 21st overall in a trade with New England for select Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie and stayed put nine picks later to nab Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis.
The picks serve two of the team’s biggest defensive needs.
“I think (Friday) the board will get even crazier about where teams see their talent,” general manager Brett Veach said. “We came in knowing we wanted help on the defensive line and we wanted help in the corners, and we had two really good players. We knew we didn’t want to be too cute with it.
Veach was stunned when McDuffie – a versatile, smart and athletic cornerback – slipped into the Chiefs’ lineup, but it made it easy to choose to try to progress.
“With our first pick – it’s kind of funny – every year we go through what we think is every possible scenario,” Veach said. “We haven’t reviewed McDuffie’s script. I don’t think we thought he would be there.
With cornerbacks Charvarius Ward and Mike Hughes gone from last season’s roster, the position was a dire need for Kansas City entering the draft.
The same could be said for the defensive end, given the Chiefs’ struggles to rush the passer last season.
The experiment of moving defensive tackle Chris Jones to the outside was a failure.
Veach reworked Frank Clark’s contract rather than eat $13.6 million in dead money, which would have piled up against the cap by cutting it, so he’s back with Mike Danna.
But Melvin Ingram, a game-changing midseason acquisition, remains unsigned and Kansas City lacked depth in that position.
With the 30th overall pick, the Chiefs filled that need by adding Karlaftis, who had 14 sacks and 29 tackles for loss in 26 career games with the Boilermakers.
Karlaftis is a power rusher, better suited to Clark, on the left defensive end, but he has enough size to bump inside in certain situations and plays with high engine.
“They were easier choices for us because when you have talent and a work ethic and a character like that, those guys rarely fail,” Veach said. “These guys, their profiles are like Creed Humphrey and (LB) Nick Bolton – good players, doing things the right way. They are hard to pass up.
Moving into day two of the draft, the Chiefs currently have three picks slated for Friday — two in the second round, Nos. 50 and 62, and one in the third, No. 103.
Kansas City also enters the day with a fourth-round pick (#135) and four seventh-round picks after dealing a third-round pick (#94) and fourth-round pick (#121) to the Patriots to advance to McDuffie.
Wondering who’s still available and what the Chiefs could do to fill the remaining wide receiver needs, point depth, more additions in secondary and offensive tackle depth, among other options?
A single player of Nick Jacobs’ Sixth Annual Chiefs “Best Fits” Draft Committee remains with a first-round rating — USC edge rusher Drake Jackson — but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of talent to pick from yet.
Here’s a look at the best remaining players in key positions on Jacobs’ grand board:
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