When the commissioner called out Joe Burrow’s name via virtual call, the world knew that this season would be weird. The Chiefs selected a few players in that strange virtual draft, and a few of them had a great year.
Of course, Kansas City had a few players opt out of the season due to COVID-19 reasons, and that’s fine. One of those players was a rookie, and he could come back next season.
The Chiefs had a fantastic season, one that will never be forgotten. Kansas City finished 14-2, making that the best record in franchise history.
They also made it back to their third straight AFC Championship game and their second straight Super Bowl, but this time losing it to Tampa Bay. The Chiefs rookies were a big part of the success sustained over 2020.
Grading Chiefs 2020 Rookie Draft Class
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB: B Grade
The former LSU running back was taken in the first round by Kansas City and proved his worth early. In the first week of the season against the Texans, Edwards-Helaire finished with 138 rushing yards and a touchdown in his first-ever game.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire graded by Pro Football Focus as the best rookie on the Chiefs roster at 77.2. However, the rookie back struggled in the middle of the season but turned it on late in the season.
Willie Gay Jr., LB: C- Grade
It is safe to say that Chiefs fans loved Willie Gay Jr. this season. Another thing said was that they wish he got more snaps, which I think any reasonable person would also say. When you look at the Chiefs linebacker core, it seems weak.
However, Willie Gay showed tremendous potential and can be the anchor of the defense in the future. He graded at 68.1 overall and finished with a coverage grade of 67.3. While Gay Jr. is a tremendous athlete, the intangibles are not yet there. However, he can be a great player for Kansas City moving forward.
L’Jarius Sneed, CB: A- Grade
Sneed was undoubtedly the steal of the Chiefs draft. He may even be in consideration for the overall steal of the draft. Taken in the fourth round from Louisiana Tech, Sneed had somewhat of a bumpy season in the beginning when he suffered an injury.
However, due to some other injuries and inconsistencies at the cornerback spot, Sneed showed he could ball when he returned. L’Jarius Sneed finished with an overall grade of 68.6. However, in coverage is where Sneed shined, especially late in the season. Pro Football Focus graded him at 71.2 in coverage. This defensive back unit will be set for years to come.
Mike Danna, DE: C+ Grade
Mike Danna was the Chiefs fifth-round pick and was probably someone you did not know much about before the season. With only 389 total snaps, Danna was able to rack up 16 total quarterback pressures.
Mike Dana finished the season with a 64 overall grade and a 66 run defense grade. With the skill he has shown thus far, Danna can be a potential star next to Chris Jones.
Lucas Niang, the Chiefs third-round pick, opted out before the seasons start. Therefore, we can not really get a grade on the offensive lineman. BoPete Keyes was the Chiefs sixth-round pick but only played 80 total snaps, which is not an adequate sample size to create critical decisions.
The Chiefs drafted very well last season. With the players they found, they can add to the stardom and dynasty brewing in Kansas City now. Let’s not forget the draft is coming up in April, and we could be having this same conversation this time next year.
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