Congrats Kansas City Chiefs, you are about to have a dynasty. But you’re on the verge of possibly losing some talent after the 2020 season, so it’s time to look ahead.
Unfortunately, there’s only so much money for the Chiefs to spend, and with Patrick Mahomes due for a big payday, not everyone will be able to stay in Kansas City. However, the team can fill those eventual voids by selecting their replacements in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Here are the three positions they have to address in the upcoming draft.
The Chiefs receiving corps has been aptly deemed the “Legion of Zoom.” However, Sammy Watkins’ contract is set to expire at the conclusion of the 2020 season, so we can expect him to depart. Luckily for the Chiefs, this year’s wide receivers draft class is stacked to the brim with talent. So much so, that the Chiefs can grab a starter in the middle rounds! That would be the perfect route for Kansas City to take to replace Watkins.
We know what you’re all thinking: “the Chiefs don’t need a safety, they have Tyrann Mathieu.” Yes, that’s 100% true, but they will have a void at free safety with “Dirty” Daniel Sorensen set to hit the open market and Mathieu potentially being a cap casualty. Sorensen proved to be a quality safety off the bench, as he recorded 57 tackles, four passes defensed, and two interceptions through 16 games last season. Luckily for the Chiefs, they also have second-year safety Juan Thornhill set to return from a torn ACL and they’re in prime position to select another safety in 2020 with this draft class being fairly deep. KC only has five draft picks, so they’ll have to make this count.
Kansas City’s biggest question mark for 2020 is the status of stud defensive tackle Chris Jones. He’s one of the best interior defensive linemen in the game today, but is set to receive a massive payday. However, the Chiefs only have so much money to spend, so they opted to place the franchise tag on Jones, much to his dismay. Jones is set to potentially exceed Aaron Donald’s annual salary of $22.5 million. That could prove to be too much for the Chiefs to afford when the time comes, so they can draft his eventual replacement in the upcoming draft, perhaps as early as the first round. TCU’s Ross Blacklock could be an intriguing candidate.