In the 2020 NFL draft, the Chiefs made a decision that many thought was wrong. With the 32nd pick in the draft, they selected yet another offensive weapon. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the running back from Louisiana State University, would be the first back selected in that draft.
Now, what intrigued the Chiefs so much to pick him up when they had other needs higher on the pecking order? Well, for starters, Patrick Mahomes told Brett Veach to draft him. When your half-billion-dollar quarterback tells you to do something, you should probably listen.
Also, the Chiefs loved Edwards-Helaire’s ability to be an all-around running back. He can catch out of the backfield, or he can run it. When I say run it, I mean between, and outside the tackles. It is safe to say Edwards-Helaire was the best offensive player available at pick 32.
While he has been great, Edwards-Helaire has had some issues in the league. One of the main things the second-year running back has struggled with would be staying healthy and taking care of his body. However, this Sunday, he may be available for the Chiefs in their game against the Browns.
Chiefs Edwards-Helaire brings more worries to opponents
Like I stated before, the short running back can really do it all. And while he looks small, he packs a much bigger punch than what defenders may expect. He is not someone you can just hope to tackle, or he will run right over you.
The 5’7″ running back had two outstanding games last year that you may remember. The first was of course his first game in the NFL against the Houston Texans.
After the year before last, when the Texans blew a 24 point lead in the playoffs to the Chiefs, Edwards-Helaire couldn’t help but make matter worse for Houston. He finished with 138 yards on 25 rushing attempts, with a staggering 100 yards after contact.
Later on in the season against Buffalo, who has a very good run defense, the rookie did it again. However, this time, in the rain, he ran for 161 yards on 26 attempts.
While Darrel Williams did great filling in for his backfield mate, it will be great to have the starter back on the field. His dynamic ability and versatility are something Mahomes and Andy Reid love to use, and they will for sure on Sunday.
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