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Chiefs strategize and leave draft with skill players (0:49)
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Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Give Chiefs credit for aggressively pursuing offensive skill players in draft

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Chiefs' picks in the 2017 draft: 1. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech; 2. Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova; 3. Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo; 4. Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan; 5. Ukeme Eligwe, LB, Georgia Southern; 6. Leon McQuay, DB, USC.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton confirmed that the Saints would have taken CB Marshon Lattimore ahead of QB Patrick Mahomes II – but they would have taken Mahomes at No. 11 if Lattimore was gone. Payton said that's probably the first time they considered a QB that high in New Orleans – but the grade would have been just as high regardless of Drew Brees' age. Payton said what stood out most with Mahomes was his ability to climb, escape, throw from all positions. "We play an imperfect game where there's protection issues," Payton said.

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In his first season as a full-time starter at safety in 2016, Leon McQuay III earned honorable mention All-Pac 12 honors after making 50 tackles (four for loss), two interceptions and six pass breakups.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Safety Leon McQuay of USC is the Chiefs' final scheduled pick of this year's draft. McQuay, a sixth-round pick, won't get much playing time as a rookie other than on special teams. The Chiefs are set with their top three safeties with Eric Berry, Ron Parker and Daniel Sorensen.

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After playing a part-time role on Florida State's national title-winning team in 2013, Ukeme Eligwe flourished in his lone season at Georgia Southern in 2016, leading the Eagles in tackles (104) in 10 games to earn honorable mention All-Sun Belt honors.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe of Georgia Southern is the Chiefs' fifth-round draft pick. Eligwe started his collegiate career at Florida State but was dismissed from the Seminoles after three seasons for a violation of team rules. He played one season at Georgia Southern with 2.5 sacks.

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Jehu Chesson's 207-yard receiving game for Michigan in 2015 is the third-highest single-game total in program history. For his career, he averaged 14.4 yards per catch in 50 games for the Wolverines.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Jehu Chesson is the Chiefs' fourth-round pick. They traded a couple of their later picks to the Vikings in order to move up to get Chesson. The Chiefs have moved up to get three offensive skill players in this draft: QB Patrick Mahomes in the first round, RB Kareem Hunt in the third and now Chesson.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chiefs now have three fifth round picks plus one in the sixth today after trading tight end James O'Shaughnessy to the New England Patriots. The Chiefs picked up New England's fifth round pick while they sent their sixth round choice to the Patriots.

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The pressure is on QB Mahomes (0:52)
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Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

No matter what else happens, the success or failure of this Chiefs draft depends on quarterback Patrick Mahomes

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

GM Mickey Loomis confirmed that it was possible the Saints could have drafted QB Patrick Mahomes II with the 11th pick if the draft fell a certain way. But they would have taken CB Marshon Lattimore ahead of him even if both players were available. "But we did like Patrick Mahomes a lot. I think that's a really good pick by Kansas City," Loomis said. The Saints didn't wind up taking another QB, even though they had a total of six picks in the first three rounds. So it's a perfect example of them being willing to take a QB – but not forcing it.

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Kareem Hunt's numbers on the ground, as Toledo's all-time leading rusher, are well-documented. But his receiving totals in 2016 for the Rockets (41 catches, 403 yards) topped his numbers from his first three seasons combined.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chiefs add their running back after trading up in the third round to get Toledo's Kareem Hunt. He had a prolific senior season with 1,475 rushing yards and 41 receptions. He'll get some playing time in a rotation that also includes Spencer Ware.

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Tanoh Kpassagnon led Villanova in sacks (11), tackles for loss (21.5) and fumble recoveries (2) in 2016, which should be a welcome addition to a Chiefs defense that had the NFL's fifth fewest sacks and lost Dontari Poe.

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Chiefs add big-bodied DE Tanoh Kpassagnon

Kansas City selected the 6-foot-7, 289-pound Villanova product, who has one of the higher ceilings in this 2017 class.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chiefs went for need with their second round pick by drafting Villanova defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon. The Chiefs recently released starter Jaye Howard. Another lineman, Bennie Logan, is a potential free agent at the end of the 2017 season.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back, linebacker and defensive line are the need positions for the Chiefs as they approach their second-round pick, No. 59 overall. If they pick at any other position, it's a best-player-available selection. Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara could be tempting if he's still available.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Pat Mahomes said he did speak today with Alex Smith, the Chiefs' starting quarterback. "He told me he's going to be in my corner," Mahomes said.

Team Stats

Passing Yards233.819th
Rushing Yards109.315th
Points For24.213th
Points Against19.47th

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