Kansas City Chiefs 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystMay 10, 2014

Kansas City Chiefs 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling

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    Dee Ford made a big impression on the the Chiefs at the Senior Bowl
    Dee Ford made a big impression on the the Chiefs at the Senior BowlButch Dill/Associated Press

    The Kansas City Chiefs weren't particularity active in free agency, so the draft provided general manager John Dorsey his only real opportunity to add young talent to his roster. It was important that he do so as the Chiefs' AFC West rivals have improved this offseason.

    Last year's draft class drew mixed results, but the 2014 draft was much deeper. A good thing, because the Chiefs didn't have their second-round pick.

    Every year there are picks that look good right after the draft, there are picks that look bad and there are a few that leave us scratching out heads. The Chiefs drafted players that fill all of those categories in 2014.

2014 Draft Picks

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    Round 1, Pick 23 - Dee Ford, OLB

    Round 3, Pick 87 - Phillip Gaines, CB

    Round 4, Pick 124 - De'Anthony Thomas, RB

    Round 5, Pick 163 - Aaron Murray, QB

    Round 6, Pick 193 - Zach Fulton, OG

    Round 6, Pick 200 - Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT

The Good

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    De'Anthony Thomas provides the Chiefs the offensive weapon they need.
    De'Anthony Thomas provides the Chiefs the offensive weapon they need.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Round 3, Pick 87 - Phillip Gaines, CB

    With rumors swirling that the Chiefs were shopping cornerback Brandon Flowers, drafting a cornerback to replace him made a lot of sense. When you consider the value the Chiefs received in Gaines at the end of the third round, it was nearly a no-brainer.

    Gaines is 6'0" and 193 pounds, and he was a top performer in the 40-yard dash, 3-cone drill and short shuttle at the NFL combine, according to NFL.com. That type of athlete is rare and, with some development, can become a top-notch starter. 

    Cornerbacks do usually take some time to transition to the NFL, but so do wide receivers, which the Chiefs could have also considered with this pick. In the end, the value at cornerback was significantly better than it was at wide receiver.

     

    Round 4, Pick 124 - De'Anthony Thomas, RB

    The Chiefs didn't get a wide receiver in the draft, but they did get a versatile offensive playmaker in Thomas. Head coach Andy Reid can figure out ways to get the speedy player out of Oregon a few touches per game and also use him as a decoy.

    Quarterback Alex Smith isn't going to be mistaken for a gunslinger anytime soon, so he needs as many athletes that can turn his short passes into big gains as possible. The Chiefs really only had Jamaal Charles who could do so last season.

    Thomas will also play immediately on special teams. After losing wide receiver Dexter McCluster, there is an opening at punt returner. Thomas may also push to be the primary kick-return man, since his 5'9" frame will be harder for coverage teams to locate behind blockers.

     

    Round 6, Pick 193 - Zach Fulton, OG

    The Chiefs have been criticized for letting both of their top right guards—Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah—walk in free agency. The reality is that both of them received contracts that priced the Chiefs out of the market.

    A player that can provide instant depth and potentially start down the line in the sixth round has to be considered a victory. At 6'5" and 316 pounds, Fulton has the frame of an NFL guard and only needs to work on his technique.

    In his NFL.com draft profile, Fulton was described as a "coachable pleaser" and "good teammate." Those are the types of traits that appear to head coach Andy Reid—a former offensive line coach.

     

    Round 6, Pick 200 - Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT

    With their second pick in the fourth round, the Chiefs went with another developmental offensive tackle in Duvernay-Tardif from McGill University in Canada. Duvernay-Tardif is an intelligent player with NFL traits, but he'll need to learn how to play the NFL game that differs slightly from that in Canada.

    Duvernay-Tardif is a fantastic athlete for his size and would have had some of the best times at the combine had he been invited. He's 6'5" and 321 pounds, which is an ideal size for an offensive tackle. If the Chiefs are patient with him, he can be a future starter.

    Duvernay-Tardif is close to becoming a doctor, per CBSSports.com, which could have scared some teams away from him that were worried that he'd opt for a less physically punishing career. He wants to get into sports medicine, which is a pretty good sign he loves the game.

The Bad

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    Aaron Murray doesn't solve anything for the Kansas City Chiefs.
    Aaron Murray doesn't solve anything for the Kansas City Chiefs.john bazemore/Associated Press

    Round 5, Pick 163 - Aaron Murray, QB

    It's dangerous to doubt Andy Reid on quarterbacks, but Murray doesn't solve anything for the Chiefs. At best, Murray's pushing Chase Daniel in Year 1. At worst, he has a hard time beating out Tyler Bray for the No. 3 job.

    Murray doesn't do anything to push starting quarterback Alex Smith or impact his contract negotiations with the team. Reid will have to develop Murray for at least a couple of years before he can impact the Chiefs decisions at quarterback.

    It's likely that Murray will eventually be a cheaper alternative to Daniel, but there was still plenty of value in the sixth round with more upside. Murray is a good fit for Reid's scheme, but, of all of the team's picks, this one was on the bad side.

The Baffling

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    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Round 1, Pick 23 - Dee Ford, OLB

    Pass-rusher Dee Ford is a good player, but his selection at No. 23 overall was baffling. Ford is a great fit for defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's scheme, and he should eventually replace outside linebacker Tamba Hali. That's not the problem with this pick.

    The issue with the pick of Ford is that it's a luxury. The Chiefs don't need a replacement for Hali in 2014, so he'll only play in sub packages. It's also hard to make the case that he was truly the best player available.

    In such a deep draft, the Chiefs should have been able to get a player who is going to be on the field all the time. Notably a wide receiver to help quarterback Alex Smith.

    The Chiefs could have also gone with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who would have helped in negotiations with Smith. If the negotiations didn't go well, the Chiefs could franchise Smith or move on to Bridgewater if he was far enough along in his development.