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Chiefs draft Clyde Edwards-Helaire with 32nd overall pick

Running back Cyde Edwards-Helaire goes to the Kansas City Chiefs with the 32nd overall pick in the 2020 draft. We break down his fantasy football potential as a rookie and long term.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire #22 of the LSU Tigers scores a touchdown against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs use the 32nd overall pick to take Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Wow. The Chiefs needed help at running back and they get yet another target for Patrick Mahomes as Edwards-Helaire is one of, if not the best, receiving back in the draft. He should quickly be able to beat out Damien Williams and secure every down snaps for the Super Bowl champions.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 1,415 yards and 16 touchdowns on 215 carries (6.6 ypc) as a junior, adding 55 receptions, 453 yards and a touchdown through the air for LSU as they dominated college football in 2019. With strong backs around him, Edwards-Helaire didn’t get his shot to be the main man until last year, his junior season, but he still lead the team in all-purpose yards his sophomore season, showing how dynamic he is despite the lower workload.

Scouting Report

Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran a 4.6 40 at the combine, which didn’t help his draft stock, but his ability on the field outshines his speed score. He is an elusive runner and adept pass catcher while only fumbling twice in his career. He isn’t going to create yards with his strength between the tackles, but his receiving ability is good enough to consider him an early pick due to the NFL’s propensity for throwing the ball.

Fantasy football impact

Rookie

This is a great pick for fantasy football, as Edwards-Helaire, as long as he beats out Damien Williams, should see great opportunities in Kansas City’s offense. We saw what Damien Williams was able to do in the playoffs last season and that is the kind of upside Edwards-Helaire will have. He’ll nee to prove himself as a pass blocker before getting big snaps and the lack of team work due to coronavirus will hurt his development, but when he gets out there, the sky is the limit.

Long-term

With fantasy football mostly using some elements of PPR scoring, Edwards-Helaire should always have some value even if he doesn’t become a 20 touch kind of back in the NFL. His receiving skills will keep him on the team and in the game plan more often than not, giving him fantasy value while keeping him safer health-wise than backs who earn their money between the tackles.