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Kansas City Chiefs NFL Draft Fantasy Preview

Kansas City Chiefs NFL Draft Fantasy Preview
Brandon Murchison April 26, 2018 10:49AM EDT

Expect Kansas City to Focus on Defense Early

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It’s a new era in Kansas City. Gone are Alex Smith and Matt Nagy. Now the Chiefs move forward with Patrick Mahomes as their starting quarterback. Mahomes presents more big-play promise, but with that may come some headaches in his first year as a starter. He has the weapons to work with in this offense to be successful, but odds are turnovers will be an issue early on. Mahomes will be picked as a QB2 in Fantasy drafts, but has the upside with his rushing potential to push into the QB1 discussion by year’s end.

Expect for much of the Chiefs offense to go through Kareem Hunt in 2018. Coming off an electric rookie season, Hunt will be looking to exceed the lofty expectations he will have for the 2018 season. He did everything you want from your RB1 last season, rushing yardage and receptions with scoring. Look for similar numbers from Hunt in 2018, although I do expect for his receiving numbers to increase in his second year. Hunt will be drafted as an RB1 sometime late in round one or into round two, but should easily return that value.

The receivers for the Chiefs seem to be one-trick ponies. Both Tyreek Hill and the newly-acquired Sammy Watkins both excel in making plays down the field. Neither give you confidence in their work over the middle of the field. That is the main job of Travis Kelce. The TE is coming off the board in most drafts as the top player at his position and you can’t really argue that. Hill likely will be seen as a WR2 in drafts and Watkins could be a WR3, but I see him more as a Flex player in this offense.

Going into the draft, expect the Chiefs to really go after the defensive side of the ball. Cornerback will be a major concern for this team during the draft as well as finding additions to the front seven.

Team Needs: CB, DL, OL

Projected Top Three Picks

Second Round: J.C. Jackson, CB Maryland

Third Round: Nathan Shepherd, DT Fort Hays State

                          Frank Ragnow, C Arkansas

J.C. Jackson is a physical corner that the Chiefs will view as the replacement to the departed Marcus Peters. His name has shot up the draft board with his workout numbers. He is better at bump-and-run coverage than he is at staying with fast receivers. He is still fairly young and growing into his talents but should find a starting spot on the Chiefs defense fairly soon. Jackson will have no Fantasy value for the 2018 season.

Nathan Shepherd is a bit of a project, but his skills as a run-stopper will be a nice fit for the Chiefs. He flashes some potential at times as a pass rusher up the middle, so he could develop into a three-down player. He may not be ready for a full-time role until later in the year, but Shepherd projects as a very good starter at the NFL level.

Frank Ragnow brings a physical demeanor to the offensive line that will help the unit as a hole. He doesn’t wow you with his technique or athleticism but he is a heady player that takes great angles on blocks. He uses his size and strength to his advantage in run-blocking or pass protection. Ragnow will be a solid NFL starter that only helps the Fantasy appeal of a Kareem Hunt.

J.C. Jackson Featured Image: (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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