The Kansas City Chiefs are the reigning Super Bowl champions yet again. They don’t have that many team needs, but with seven draft picks, they needed to focus on filling some holes and adding some depth. Let’s break down the Chiefs’ 2023 draft class and take a look at how they shape up next season.
Round 1: No. 31 overall: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE, Kansas State
Round 2: No. 55 (from Lions via Vikings): Rashee Rice, WR, SMU
Round 3: No. 92 (from Bengals) — Wanya Morris, OT, Oklahoma
Round 4: No. 119 (from Lions via Vikings) — Chamarri Conner, S, Virginia Tech
Round 5: No. 166 — BJ Thompson, OLB, Stephen F Austin
Round 6: No. 194 (from Lions) — Keondre Coburn, DT, Texas
Round 7: No. 250 — Nic Jones, CB, Ball State
Did Chiefs fill needs?
Well, they didn’t not address team needs. Anudike-Uzomah and Rice are solid additions, and Morris will serve his purpose as depth. After them, though, they basically just took what they needed, but the value of the picks has yet to be determined. When you win a Super Bowl and largely return a similar team, there isn’t much you have to do. If I had to guess, I’d say the KC draft on paper looks meh, but somehow they will develop all of them into future stars.
Rice is the only option for fantasy purposes from this class unless you play in IDP leagues. When Patrick Mahomes is your quarterback, anything is possible. His value is going to be determined by what kind of role he can carve out for himself behind Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore, as well as Travis Kelce.
Anudike-Uzomah has a lot of upside, but I think that it ends up being Morris. He was a solid lineman at Oklahoma and can easily be developed by the Kansas City coaching staff. There is a lot of pressure blocking for Mahomes, but Morris is coming in with the skills to be a staple of this line for years to come. Also, keep an eye on the development of Coburn.