ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A breakdown of the Kansas City Chiefs' 2017 draft class and its progress after two weeks of training camp:
Patrick Mahomes II, QB, first round (No. 10 overall): Mahomes has often flashed the ability that led the Chiefs to trade up to get him in this year’s draft. He has also showed enough mastery of Kansas City’s offense that the Chiefs promoted him over Tyler Bray to the No. 2 quarterback spot behind starter Alex Smith. However, it’s difficult to see Mahomes moving up another notch on the depth chart this season; Smith appears well-entrenched as the starter.
Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, second round (No. 59): Kpassagnon was on the field for more snaps than all but one other defensive player in the preseason opener as the Chiefs search for a role for him. He has played defensive end but also outside linebacker. His rush skills look to be most advanced, so his best chance for playing time early in the season will probably come in passing situations.
Kareem Hunt, RB, third round (No. 86): Hunt has been most impressive as a pass-catcher. He has shown the ability to beat coverage down the field and make receptions for big gains. In fact, two of the most impressive receptions at training camp have been delivered by Hunt. Spencer Ware will likely at least start the season as the regular featured back, but Hunt will get some of the work -- and his workload should increase as the season progresses.
Jehu Chesson, WR, fourth round (No. 139): Chesson has yet to stand out in a crowded field of young receivers. He’ll make it to the regular season as a spare receiver, but his best chance to contribute, at least early in the season, is on special teams.
Ukeme Eligwe, LB, fifth round (No. 183): Eligwe has been advanced beyond what is reasonable to expect at this point from a fifth-round pick. He has been impressive enough on defense that special-teams coordinator Dave Toub said Eligwe might not be long for the kicking game because of the way he’s playing on defense. Even if he doesn’t get much playing time on defense this season, Eligwe could become the eventual replacement for inside linebacker Derrick Johnson.
Leon McQuay, DB, sixth round (No. 218): The Chiefs gave McQuay a look as a nickelback in offseason practices, but he has been more of a safety in training camp. The team is deep at safety, so McQuay's outlook for immediate playing time doesn’t look good. He could, however, become a factor for playing time somewhere down the road.