The Kansas City Chiefs have to be one of, if not the best teams at drafting in the NFL.
Of course, we all know the story about general manager Brett Veach telling the Chiefs they had to trade up and draft Patrick Mahomes. That alone is enough to validate whether he makes good decisions in the draft.
There are other instances as well. Look at last season, when the Chiefs took a flyer on Trey Smith out of Tennessee in the sixth-round. Smith had issues with blood clots in his lung, and teams were iffy on whether they wanted to take a chance on him. The Chiefs did, and he started 17 games for them last season. Not only did he play the whole season, he was also very good at his job.
Kansas City took a flyer on another player in this past draft, that could somewhat replicate the same success in 2022.
Chiefs may have struck gold with seventh-rounder
The Chiefs used a seventh round pick in 2022 on Isiah Pacheco, not really knowing he would come in right away and contribute. While he hasn’t contributed yet, it is definitely looking like that’s what will happen.
Pacheco has had an amazing training camp. Definitely a better camp than most seventh-rounders have. He started camp as a guy who no one knew about, let alone knew if he’d make the roster, to now being the guy that is getting consistent reps with the second team.
During the first preseason game Pacheco didn’t do much. But it had nothing to do with his play, and more to do with the coaching staff wanting to get him out of the game as soon as possible before he got hurt. The rookie seventh-rounder was receiving starter treatment as a second-teamer.
Pacheco likely won’t overtake Clyde Edwards-Helaire for the starting spot. However, if anything were to happen to CEH, like we have seen before, Pacheco is looking like he can make an impact as a starter if needed.
And if that happens, it means the Chiefs have found two starting-caliber players in the bottom two rounds of the past two drafts. It’s already hard enough just to nail the first overall pick, let alone picks in the back end of the draft.
It’s only preseason, but that makes everything that much more impressive when considering the ultimate context.
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