KANSAS CITY – Have you caught your breath, yet?
Round 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft was absolutely wild. Nine trades were made, which is the most in draft history. And it wasn’t just trades for draft picks. Two big-named receivers in A.J. Brown and Marquis ‘Hollywood’ Brown were traded from their respective teams, as well.
The Chiefs got in on the action in the first round of the draft, trading a third- and fourth-round pick to the Patriots to move up to No. 21 to get one of their two first-round selections in Trent McDuffie.
So, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s go ahead and give out grades for the Chiefs’ first two picks of the NFL Draft.
Pick No. 21 overall: CB Trent McDuffie, Washington Huskies
The Chiefs traded picks Nos. 29, 94, and 121 to the Patriots in order to move up to 21 and grab McDuffie, who is considered a top-3 corner by many in the draft.
We all know how aggressive Brett Veach has been in the first round since he first became general manager back in 2017 and that showed up again on Thursday night. It was pretty surprising to see McDuffie still on the board at No. 21 and he addressed a top need for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs had the draft capital to pull the trade off and according to Rich Hill’s draft trade value chart, they only overpaid by eight points to move up eight spots and they still have a third- and fourth-round pick.
They also drafted a premium position and arguably the best player overall. McDuffie is a great fit in Steve Spagnuolo’s defense and will be a starter from Day One.
Pick No. 30 overall: EDGE George Karlaftis, Purdue Boilermakers
Another player that fell further than most thought, Karlaftis addresses the second-biggest need for the Chiefs: pass rush.
The Chiefs didn’t have to trade up to nab Karlaftis. They let him come to them, which worked out great considering he was also considered a top-4 or top-5 EDGE rusher heading into the draft.
And sure enough, he was the fifth EDGE rusher picked in the first round. The top players on the board were safeties at the time, so one could certainly make the case Karlaftis was the best player overall.
If all goes accordingly, Karlaftis will start opposite Frank Clark and should bring immediate production to the position.
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