KANSAS CITY – The Chiefs are very good in the drafting aspect of football, to say the least. I mean look, they were able to steal Patrick Mahomes, who could finish as one of the league’s best quarterbacks of all-time.
Just to name a few others as of late, or even just last year, when the Chiefs took Trey Smith in the sixth round. Per Pro Football Focus, Smith graded out as the fourth-best rookie offensive lineman (72.3) among all rookies with at least 623 blocking snaps.
Now, the Chiefs have definitely had their fair share of choices they shouldn’t have made. In the 2019 draft, the Chiefs made some decisions that could have been changed.
Chiefs could have “upgraded” according to PFF
In 2019, you may remember that the Chiefs were in dire need of help in the defensive backfield. That draft was deep when it came to the various positions in that category.
What Kansas City originally did, wasn’t necessarily bad, it just could have been better. At least, according to Pro Football Focus.
The Chiefs traded their 29th pick in L.J. Collier, an EDGE, to the Seattle Seahawks. According to PFF, the Chiefs should have taken Nasir Adderley, a safety from Delaware.
Adderley was drafted in the second round of the 2019 draft, at the 60th overall pick to the Chargers.
Adderley has had a decent start to his NFL career and is a part of one of a solid safety duo in LA. He and Derwin James are both multifaceted players who can play several roles, which adds a lot of value on top of their production.
Here is what Adderley has done since being drafted:
In his first season, Adderley didn’t do much. According to PFF, he played just 10 total snaps.
In 2020, his playing time increased as did his production. With 861 snaps, Adderley was able to tally 58 tackles. But, Adderley did struggle when targeted in coverage. He allowed 14 receptions on 18 targets, which wasn’t great. He also allowed four touchdowns and quarterbacks averaged a 119.2 rating when targeting him in coverage.
Last season, Adderley continued to improve, but still struggled in coverage. He finished with 73 tackles, which was tied for 15th in the NFL. Overall, Adderley finished with a 66 overall grade, 91 pass-rush grade, 70 run defense grade, and 61 coverage grade in 2021.
While Adderley is blossoming into a promising player, doing this means the Chiefs wouldn’t of had Frank Clark for the Super Bowl run. He hasn’t been great as of late, but he was huge to the 2019 team. The Chiefs don’t win the Super Bowl without his 5.0 sacks, seven QB hits and five tackles for loss. Without this trade, it’s very unlikely the Chiefs win the Super Bowl.
Therefore, it’s pretty wild to see Adderley, here. And it can certainly be chalked up to as a bad take, as well. Especially when considering the Chiefs’ trade for Frank Clark wasn’t a draft-day trade.
The rest of the PFF article redrafting the 2019 draft can be found, here.
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