KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - AFC WEST -

Grade: C+

With­out a first-rounder af­ter trad­ing up for Pa­trick Ma­homes in 2017, Chiefs gen­eral man­ager Brett Veach was ag­gres­sive, send­ing away five picks while re­coup­ing three (third-, fifth- and six­throunders) in four dif­fer­ent trades (three up, one down). The front seven got much-needed help, but wait­ing to ad­dress cor­ner­back hurts the grade some. Ma­homes’ fu­ture could make it all worth­while.

Best pick

Der­rick Nnadi is big and thickly built and has the stur­di­ness to be a run stop­per, even if he won’t pro­vide much pass-rush pop. The Chiefs were gashed against the run last year, es­pe­cially out of nickel and dime sets, and had to fix the problem.

Up­side pick

Bree­land Speaks played all over the Rebels D-line, but per Chiefs coach Andy Reid, they specif­i­cally tar­geted Speaks as a 3-4 out­side line­backer af­ter see­ing sim­i­lar­i­ties to Tamba Hali. The tran­si­tion could take time, but his size and move­ment skills make for a high ceil­ing.

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Nnadi

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