The Kansas City Chiefs' 2021 season ended with a thrilling overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship game. It's clear that this team is here to stay, though. The Chiefs also have an opportunity to upgrade the roster in the offseason in an attempt to stay dominant in the AFC West.
One way the Kansas City can improve before the 2022 season kicks off is by making the right choice in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft. With that being said, here are three of the most likely draft targets for the Chiefs with the No. 30 overall pick.
Kansas City Chiefs NFL Draft
1. Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
Kansas City is set to lose Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle to free agency this offseason, which leaves them shallow at the wide receiver position. Head coach Andy Reid has shown that he loves speedy pass-catchers and Jahan Dotson may be the fastest player in this draft class. The Penn State product improved with every college season he played and posted 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns on 91 receptions during his senior year. Dotson regularly hauled in contested balls at PSU and has an insane vertical jump that makes him a truly dangerous deep threat. Giving quarterback Patrick Mahomes a great third option is not a bad idea here.
2. Andrew Booth Jr., CB (Clemson)
Having a shutdown secondary has become a must in today's air raid NFL. With the Chiefs possibly losing starter Tyrann Mathieu to free agency, they could look to address the need through the draft. After all, Kansas City did allow 251.5 passing yards per game in 2021 (No. 27 in NFL). Grabbing Andrew Booth Jr. out of Clemson would be a steal at No. 30 overall. 21-year-old is coming off a season in which he posted 37 tackles (3.0 for loss), 3 interceptions and 5 pass breakups in 11 games played. Booth has the route-anticipation skills to keep up with even the most dynamic wide receivers and the physicality to excel in man coverage.
3. Cameron Thomas, EDGE (San Diego State)
The Chiefs need major help when it comes to the edge rusher position. Midseason acquisition Melvin Ingram stepped up to the plate this year, but was a temporary solution at the age of 32 years old. Defensive lineman Chris Jones has shined playing along the inside, which makes drafting Cameron Thomas a sensible option here. The San Diego State standout racked up an impressive 41 tackles (20.5 for loss) and 10.5 sacks across 14 games played in his final college season. He constantly found ways to generate pressure on the quarterback and used his quick feet to take advantage of opposing offensive lineman. Thomas has the intangibles needed to become a cornerstone on Kansas City's defense.
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