The past several days have been a whirlwind of college football players being drafted and others who were undrafted being invited to try out for NFL teams. Below is a look at notable draft picks for the 20 teams that the Chiefs will face in 2015, including preseason opponents:
Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals added OL help with DJ Humphries, then beefed up their DL with Markus Golden. Andy Reid would applaud their strategy to build a team from the trenches.
Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks traded their first round pick for TE Jimmy Graham, then added additional receiving help with Tyler Lockett from K-State in the third round. Lockett’s father played for the Chiefs and the Chiefs’ Marcus Peters is friends with Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, so this should be an interesting game.
Tennessee Titans: The Titans drafted Marcus Mariota at #2 overall, so this will be a fun game to watch in Arrowhead. The Titans also drafted Dorial Green-Beckham, who once played at Mizzou.
St. Louis Rams: The Rams drafted RB Todd Gurley, and then spent 4 more draft picks on their OL. I imagine this preseason game will feature plenty of game time for all of their new linemen.
Houston Texans: The Texans grabbed 2 players that the Chiefs may see in the season opener for both teams: CB Kevin Johnson and WR Jaelen Strong. It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs’ draft picks can match up against the Texans’.
Denver Broncos: The Broncos traded up and selected LB Shane Ray from Mizzou with their first round pick, who might be considered a steal as projections had him as a top 10 pick. Ray can learn from DeMarcus Ware, who is getting old. The Broncos also got needed help at OL and TE.
Green Bay Packers: The Packers added secondary depth with Damarious Randall at Safety and Quinten Rollins at Cornerback. Both will likely play supporting roles in 2015. Green Bay did draft a QB (Brett Hundley), and it will be interesting to see if he progresses through their system as an heir to Aaron Rodgers’ throne.
Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals beefed up their OL with Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher. Hopefully they pose no threat to the Chiefs vaunted pass rush.
Chicago Bears: With the 7th pick in the draft, the Bears selected WR Kevin White who should easily replace Brandon Marshall after Marshall left for the NY Jets. Since the Bears did not draft a QB, it is likely the Chiefs will see Jay Cutler starting, which will be his first time at Arrowhead in his career.
Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings got perhaps the best CB in the draft with Trae Waynes, then shored up their middle defense with LB Eric Kendricks. I was hoping the Chiefs could get at least one of these players, who will likely both start right away.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers were thought to be in the running for Chiefs new CB Marcus Peters, and after Peters was off the board, they selected LB Bud Dupree. Dupree was a potential top 10 pick so he will likely make an immediate impact.
Detroit Lions: The Lions selected G Laken Tomlinson and added RB depth with Ameer Abdullah, who some consider a steal at being drafted no. 54 overall. Abdullah will replace Reggie Bush and will likely see action when the Chiefs and Lions face off in London.
San Diego Chargers: The Chargers 1st round pick was RB Melvin Gordon, after trading up to get him. He fills a big hole for San Diego and should start right away. They also selected LB Denzel Perryman, who likely won’t play right away as DOnald Butler and Manti Te’o sit above him on the depth chart.
Buffalo Bills: The Bills traded away their first round pick this year for Sammy Watkins last year. They drafted CB Ronald Darby in the second round, and he might need a year or two to break into the starting lineup since Buffalo has a crowded secondary.
Oakland Raiders: The Raiders drafted WR Amari Cooper at #4 overall, and he should make an immediate impact for them and will help 2nd year QB David Carr have more success. The Raiders also selected LB Ben Heeney from KU, who likely projects making the roster as a special teams player in 2015.
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens selected WR Breshard Perriman and TE Maxx Williams, bolstering their receiving corps since Torrey Smith left for San Francisco. The Chiefs new secondary will have their hands full in this game.
Cleveland Browns: The Browns grabbed DT Danny Shelton with the 12th pick of the draft, then bolstered their OL with Cam Erving, who many thought the Chiefs would draft. They also added RB Duke Johnson, who may step in immediately.
Overall, the Chiefs will mainly get to see some new RB’s, WR’s, and CB’s from their 2015, which should provide a good test for their own new players. Local fans may also appreciate seeing a few players from K-State, KU, and MU.