Even though the Chiefs were great on defense last season, they still needed a defensive end. They drafted Dee Ford from Auburn with the 23rd selection overall in round one. They also needed a cornerback so they drafted Phillip Gaines from Rice in round two. Since Dexter McCluster left in free agency, the team needed a replacement. They found on in running back/wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas from Oregon in round three. Even though Alex Smith is not their long term starter, he is good for the short term, and the Chiefs drafted Aaron Murray to develop behind him in round five. The Chiefs also added two offensive lineman late, Zach Fulton, an offensive guard from Tennessee, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a offensive tackle from McGill.
The Kansas City Chiefs were founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans. The Chiefs have only called three places home since their inception. While they were known as the Texans, they played in the Cotton Bowl from 1960-1962. In 1963 they moved to Kansas City and became known as the Chiefs. From 1963-1971 they played at Municipal Stadium and in 1972 they moved into Arrowhead Stadium, which is their home to this day. Since their founding in 1960, this is an organization that has done nothing but win. They have made the playoffs 17 times, won their division 8 times, they won the old AFL three times, the Super Bowl once, and every year they are competitive.
The Chiefs have very quickly turned this around. After falling in the cellar, they picked themselves up and have established an identity as a tough defensive team. Now the offense must improve if they are going to go forward.
2015 was a tale of two seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs. They began the year 1-5, losing their best player, running back Jamal Charles in the process, and were looking at the number one pick overall, also possibly replacing Alex Smith. Then the unthinkable happened. The Chiefs rattled off 10 wins in a row to finish the season, and won their Wild Card playoff game, before losing to the Patriots in the next round.
This offseason, the Chiefs realized they had a thinning out roster, so they decided to go for quantity in the draft. After wheeling and dealing, the Chiefs ended up with nine draft choices in total. Their primary needs were defensive tackle and the secondary. In round two, they drafted Chris Jones, an athletic defensive tackle from Mississippi State. He could fill the shoes of Dontari Poe long term next season.
Kansas City needed depth at cornerback and they got it. In round three, they drafted their first of three cornerbacks, KeiVarae Russell, from Notre Dame. In round four they drafted Eric Murray from Minnesota, and in round six they drafted D.J. White from Georgia Tech. The Chiefs also needed depth at wide receiver and added a pair of those. First they took Demarcus Robinson from Florida in round four, then Tyreke hill from West Alabama in round five.