9. Kansas City Chiefs
In what turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of the first round, the Kansas City Chiefs started the preparation for life without Alex Smith by trading up to select Patrick Mahomes II at No. 10. Clearly, Smith isn’t getting any younger, and hopefully Mahomes will benefit from the veteran quarterback by learning what it takes to be successful in the NFL.
This year’s draft was filled with plenty of teams in need of help at the quarterback position, and give the Chiefs credit for being smart enough to realize Mahomes most likely wouldn’t have been there later in the first round. Even though some teams throw rookies into the starting role right away, it’s also become a common theme to see some quarterbacks spend a year or two developing before making the jump to being a starter.
As for one of Kansas City’s other needs, it will be interesting to see how effective Kareem Hunt can be as a rookie since his skills as a receiver made him an intriguing pick for the third round. Not having Jamaal Charles is going to take some time to get used to, but hopefully Hunt can help fill that gap left at running back.