Kansas City Chiefs' 2020 NFL draft analysis for every pick

Was Clyde Edwards-Helaire the right pick for the Chiefs? (0:46)

Adam Teicher weighs in on whether the Chiefs made the right choice by selecting Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the 32nd pick in the 2020 NFL draft. (0:46)

The 2020 NFL draft is in the books, and the Kansas City Chiefs' draft class is complete.

The draft, which had been scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, was successfully completed virtually from the homes of coaches, general managers and other front-office staff because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Here's a pick-by-pick look at how each player the Chiefs have selected will fit.

Analysis of every pick | Updated depth charts


Clyde Edwards-Helaire's 2020 NFL draft profile

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Round 1, No. 32 overall: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

My take: The rich just got richer. The Chiefs had some depth at running back, including Super Bowl LIV star Damien Williams. But neither Williams nor the team's other backs are in the same playmaking class as Edwards-Helaire. If he proves early that he can be trusted as a pass protector, Edwards-Helaire can be the third-down back at a minimum. He's quite a threat to have on the field alongside Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman and Travis Kelce. But at 5-foot-7 and 207 pounds, Edwards-Helaire isn't built for every-down duty. It's unlikely he will ever be a regular featured back in the mold of Jamaal Charles or Kareem Hunt.

Running back depth The Chiefs now go five deep with running backs who have a legitimate chance to make the regular-season roster, including Edwards-Helaire, Damien Williams, Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson and DeAndre Washington. But if last season proved anything, it's that the Chiefs need depth at running back. Damien Williams missed time at three points last season because of different injuries while two other backs, Darrel Williams and Spencer Ware, finished the season on injured reserve.

Why Edwards-Helaire?: He was the first running back selected, so the Chiefs had their choice of all available running backs, including Georgia's D'Andre Swift and Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said Edwards-Helaire was a more complete player. "His interior running ability, the vision and the instincts are rare and unique," Veach said. "He has the ability to make something out of nothing. That's the one thing you look at with a running back."

Round 2, No. 63 overall: Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State

My take: The Chiefs needed a linebacker with speed and they got one in Gay, who ran a 4.46 40 at the combine, the second fastest time for a linebacker. One of their defensive weaknesses has been pass coverage from their linebackers and Gay will be asked to help the Chiefs improve in this area. The Chiefs allowed 43 first downs via reception by running backs last season and 964 receiving yards to backs. Both were the highest totals in the league.


Lucas Niang's NFL draft profile

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Round 3, No. 96 overall: Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

My take: The Chiefs are set for starters at tackle with Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher but needed a developmental player at the position who could eventually move into the lineup if the need arises. At this point in the draft, it's more about the player than the position, so if Niang develops into a productive player, he's a good pick. But unless Schwartz or Fisher is injured, Niang's wait for a starting spot could be a prolonged one.

What's next: The Chiefs have only two picks on the final day of the draft, in the fourth and fifth rounds. They'll be looking more at player than position, but could use a developmental prospect at cornerback, where the Chiefs don't have a lot of depth. Whatever the Chiefs do with the final two picks, they need to make them count. With a contract extension for Patrick Mahomes looming, they'll need as many good, young players on relatively inexpensive contracts as they can get.

Round 4, No. 138 overall: L'Jarius Sneed, DB, Louisiana Tech

My take: Sneed may wind up as the cornerback the Chiefs need for their depth chart, but he played both cornerback and safety at Louisiana Tech. The Chiefs, perhaps noting that division rivals from the Raiders and Broncos selected fast receivers, have to like Sneed's 4.37 40 time from the combine. While Sneed may take some time to develop into an NFL defensive back, he should be able to contribute early on special teams.

Round 5, No. 177 overall: Mike Danna, DE, Michigan

My take: The Chiefs have a stacked depth chart at defensive end, the line including Frank Clark, Alex Okafor, Tanoh Kpassagnon and Breeland Speaks. So playing time doesn't figure to come for Danna as a rookie. He could eventually work his way into the playing rotation and that's about all the Chiefs could hope for from a fifth-round draft choice who wasn't invited to participate in the scouting combine.

Round 7, No. 237 overall: Thakarius Keyes, CB, Tulane

My take: As the second drafted cornerback by the Chiefs this year following fourth-rounder L'Jarius Sneed, Keyes normally might have a tough time making the regular-season roster. But the Chiefs obviously felt strongly that Keyes can help because they traded back into the seventh round to get him. So look for Keyes to be given every opportunity to make the team and be a backup corner and special-teams player.