NFL analysts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah recently released their predictions of “Perfect Pairs” – a speculation of which two players coming out of the draft would fit best with each team. Bucky Brooks chose Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams as the perfect pair in his Chiefs mock draft.
Obviously the Chiefs are secured in the quarterback position – Alex Smith had a great season in 2016, despite ending the anticipated playoff berth earlier than expected. Smith finished the season with 3,502 yards, 15 touchdowns and a passer rating of 91.2. In January, head coach Andy Reid discussed his intentions at keeping Smith as the starting QB on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning. Reid said, “I’m lucky enough to have Alex Smith, who I think is phenomenal and still can play. He’s our quarterback, by the way, and he’s right here at the Pro Bowl so I think we’re going to keep him.” Though it’s likely Smith will lead the team for the entirety of the 2017 season—if healthy– it wouldn’t hurt for the Chiefs to pick up a young quarterback to shadow Smith, should he leave the Kansas City in the near future.
Watson could very well be the most talented quarterback coming out of this year’s draft – his impressive performance in 2016 can’t be forgotten, especially considering he capped it off with a Cinderella win against Alabama in the national championship. Watson logged 4,593 yards and 41 touchdowns last season and should be seriously considered for a back-up role somewhere in the league.
With the loss of Dontari Poe at defensive tackle and taking into consideration how much the Chiefs pass rush struggled last season, adding a healthy and explosive player like Montravius Adams to the defense could only be an improvement. Adams finished his four-year career at Auburn with 147 tackles and 10.5 sacks.
In a review of this year’s NFL Combine, Lance Zierlein said this about Adams: “he is low out of his stance with good explosiveness, and pursues from the backside with hustle.” Speed and determination are just a few of the things the Kansas City defense is lacking, and Adams could be a valuable and necessary addition.
The 2017 NFL Draft will be held in Philadelphia April 27-29.
The Kansas City fan base is eager to see how this year’s draft class will benefit the team in the upcoming season. Improvement is needed on both sides of the ball, and if the coaching staff is able to lock in some solid talent, it’s likely the Chiefs will have another shot to progress further in the postseason.