CBS Sports NFL analyst Chris Trapasso this week ranked the top 10 players from the 2022 NFL Draft that he thinks will make the biggest impact as rookies. And he has a Kansas City Chiefs draft selection ranked at No. 1.
Trapasso has Western Michigan wide receiver Skyy Moore, the No. 54 overall selection in the draft (second round) by the Chiefs, ranked as the top instant impact rookie in 2022.
From CBS Sports:
This was a pairing decided by the football cosmos. It will become a “well, it’s the rest of the NFL’s fault for letting Moore land in Kansas City” type situation. He was the sixth wideout picked in the second round! How in tarnation did that happen? Moore’s film was riveting, he tested like a high-caliber athlete and doesn’t turn 22 until September. Sure, there’s Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster in Kansas City. Moore will, sooner than later, stand out as a Patrick Mahomes — and Andy Reid — favorite in the Chiefs’ already dynamic offense. Do other receivers have a more clear-cut path to targets? Sure. But Moore will make the greatest impact among all rookies in 2022.
The Chiefs really did make out like bandits drafting Moore in the second round.
Not only did Kansas City fill a major need at wide receiver by drafting Moore, a player who should’ve been drafted in the first round, but they also landed a player very similar to Tyreek Hill (who was traded by KC to the Miami Dolphins earlier this offseason).
We obviously can’t say that Moore is going to be the second coming of Hill. The speed that Hill brought to the field is nearly impossible to replicate. Moore isn’t as fast as Hill, but he still has enough speed to stretch the field vertically. And he’s a tough player who has great ball skills and plays bigger than his listed height of 5-foot-10.
Moore is stepping into a great situation where he should be able to thrive. The Chiefs added some offensive weapons in wide receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Moore, however, should still see the field early in Kansas City. And if he quickly develops a strong connection with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, he could easily end up being the most productive offensive rookie in 2022.
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