Kansas City Chiefs' 2017 draft class: Kiper's grades, McShay's best pick, more
NFL Draft Insiders
Posted: 2017-05-01

The 2017 NFL draft is over, and it's time to review how your favorite team fared. Where did it reach? Did it get a potential steal in Round 5? Is there a bust waiting to happen?

ESPN Insider's draft experts break down each draft class, starting with Mel Kiper Jr.'s grade, Todd McShay's favorite pick, and Scouts Inc.'s analysis on how each player fits into his new team.



Kansas City Chiefs

Mel Kiper's Draft Grade: C+

Kiper: As I said on Thursday night, this class will hinge on Patrick Mahomes because Kansas City bet big that he's the successor to Alex Smith. Giving up a third-round pick and next year's first to move up 17 spots was a ton for a team with immediate needs elsewhere and some defenders getting up there in age. Mahomes has a high ceiling, but he's going to have to learn how NFL offenses are run, and the Chiefs are going to have to rebuild his mechanics from the ground up. Andy Reid and John Dorsey know what they're getting (and know what they're doing) and see some Brett Favre in Mahomes. And they have a capable quarterback in Alex Smith signed until 2019. This is a pick -- and grade -- that could look like great or silly in five or six years. The good news for the Chiefs is they hope the first-round pick they're giving up in 2018 is in the 28-32 range.

Tanoh Kpassagnon, a gigantic edge defender (6-foot-7, 289), is an intriguing, developmental prospect with upside, but there were better defenders available at that point in the second round. I thought he was more of a fourth-round pick. Kareem Hunt should help immediately alongside Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. This is a kid who ran for more than 100 yards 28 times in his Toledo career. Needing to add some pass-catchers for Smith, all Kansas City came away with was Jehu Chesson, who underwhelmed in 2016 and was taken about 40 picks too high.

It really all comes down to Mahomes. You'd prefer not to give up so much draft value for a quarterback who shouldn't be in the immediate plans. In this case, the Chiefs felt they had no choice.

ROUND/PICK NAME POS COLLEGE
1/10 Patrick Mahomes II QB TEXAS TECH
2/59 Tanoh Kpassagnon DE VILLANOVA
3/86 Kareem Hunt RB TOLEDO
4/139 Jehu Chesson WR MICHIGAN
5/183 Marcus Eligwe ILB GEORGIA SOUTHERN
6/218 Leon McQuay III S USC



Todd McShay's favorite pick

Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo (pick No. 86)

The Chiefs traded up to get Hunt, but it was their biggest need entering the draft and Hunt is a really complete back. With a thick lower body, Hunt creates a bunch of yards on his own, regularly bouncing off tackles. He also has the agility to make defenders miss, and coach Andy Reid will find a way to utilize that skill set by getting him in space in the passing game. Hunt lacks top-end speed, but he's otherwise a really complete player.

Scouts Inc. on 2017 class

1 (10) Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech | Highlights

What he brings: Only the third FBS player with multiple seasons of 5,000 total yards of offense, Mahomes faces a steep learning curve transitioning to a pro-style offense and his mechanics are all over the place. However, he's a hard worker with an outstanding skill set, including a powerful arm and terrific arm talent. -- Steve Muench

How he fits: This is an ideal spot for Mahomes, who has arguably the best physical skill set of any quarterback in the class but needs a lot of refining mechanically. Mahomes should be given time to sit and develop behind Alex Smith while getting tutored by Andy Reid, who has a long track record of developing quarterbacks. -- Kevin Weidl



2 (27) Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova | Highlights

What he brings: Kpassagnon is an FCS prospect who didn't start playing football until his junior year of high school, and his lack of ideal playing experience shows up at times. The flipside is that he has rare physical tools and one of the higher ceilings in this 2017 class. -- Steve Muench

How he fits: The Chiefs signed Bennie Logan to a one-year deal to replace Dontari Poe at NT but need to continue to infuse size and strength up front, as they ranked 26th against the run in 2016. Kpassagnon has a chance to develop and provide them with another big body at the 5-technique opposite of Chris Jones. -- Kevin Weidl



3 (22) Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo | Highlights

What he brings: Hunt runs with a good combination of balance, vision and lower-body strength. He doesn't have to come off the field on third down, either. He's a reliable receiver who makes defenders miss and he flashes the potential to develop into an effective pass-blocker. -- Steve Muench

How he fits: Kansas City had a need at running back after cutting Jamaal Charles, and Hunt's ability to contribute on all downs makes him a good fit for the Chiefs' scheme. -- Steve Muench



4 (33) Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan | Highlights

What he brings: Chesson has a very good combination of size, speed and ball skills to potentially develop into a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver. He also has elite intangibles and football character. -- Kevin Weidl



5 (40) Ukeme Eligwe, ILB, Georgia Southern

What he brings: A Florida State transfer, Eligwe dealt with some durability and off-the-field issues before transferring to Georgia Southern. If he can remain healthy and stay focused, he has the tools to add depth at inside linebacker while contributing on special teams. -- Kevin Weidl



6 (35) Leon McQuay III, S, USC

What he brings: McQuay III is a leaner safety with shorter arms for his frame and average playing speed, but he flashes above-average ball skills. He has the potential to develop into an adequate reserve who will make his biggest impact on special teams. -- Steve Muench



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