The Miami Dolphins acquired wide receiver Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday in exchange for No. 29 and No. 50 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, as well as a 2022 fourth-round pick, 2023 fourth-round pick and 2023 sixth-round pick. They also hold the No. 30 and No. 62 overall selections for this year’s draft.
So while the Chiefs have needs at edge rusher, cornerback and wide receiver, they’re now loaded with draft capital and in a position to bolster their roster without paying out a premier contract.
There is a very slim chance that the top wide receivers — Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, Alabama’s Jameson Williams, and USC’s Drake London — will be on the board for the final picks of the first round. If general manager Brett Veach is committed to adding a wide receiver in the first round, he will either have to move up a bit to secure one of those other players — top 20 would get it done — or be prepared to take North Dakota State’s Christian Watson, Georgia’s George Pickens or Penn State’s Jahan Dotson. The difference between the No. 29 overall selection and the No. 20 overall selection is roughly 50 points, or the No. 80 overall selection, per CBSSports.com’s trade value chart. A comparable deal is No. 29 overall, No. 94 overall and No. 135 overall in exchange for No. 20 overall.
Some of the other prospects who could be in the mix for Kansas City in the first round include Houston defensive tackle Logan Hall, Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam, Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr., Minnesota edge rusher Boye Mafe and Michigan edge rusher David Ojabo. Ojabo makes a lot of sense for Kansas City following his torn Achilles, as most expect him to be available later than he would have been pre-injury. With two first-round picks, the Chiefs are more well-equipped to take a top-tier talent who’s likely to sit out the entirety of his rookie season relative to other teams.
In the second round, Kansas City would be wise to take the best player available, and that will obviously depend on what happens prior to its selection. With an eye on those specific needs addressed earlier, Auburn cornerback Roger McCreary, Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross, UCONN defensive tackle Travis Jones, Oklahoma defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey, Alabama defensive tackle Phidarian Mathis, Georgia cornerback Derion Kendrick and Western Michigan wide receiver Skyy Moore could be suitable options.
The 2022 NFL Draft will be held April 28-30 in Las Vegas, Nevada. With Hill off the books, the Chiefs have roughly $26.2 million in salary cap space, which is the fourth-most in the NFL, according to Spotrac. There is plenty of time (and money) for them to address some of their remaining team needs.