Chiefs add competition at various positions to close draft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A fourth quarterback joined the Chiefs’ roster as one of the final picks on Day Three of the NFL Draft.

Jan. 1, 2016; Pasadena, CA; Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan passes against Iowa during the first half of the Rose Bowl. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Jan. 1, 2016; Pasadena, CA; Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan passes against Iowa during the first half of the Rose Bowl. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan arrived as the first (162nd overall) of two picks in the fifth round and he enjoyed an accomplished career in college, going 36-10 as a starter and leading Stanford to three Pac-12 titles.

He joins a quarterback corps consisting of Alex Smith, Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray, and the Chiefs need to identify a backup quarterback with Chase Daniel now with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The addition of the 6-4, 218-pound Hogan provides another option to consider while he learns the scheme.

“I’m just looking forward to coming in and learning from those guys,” Hogan said in a conference call. “Going to contribute to the quarterback room and learn as much as I can. I’m going to soak it all in like a sponge, similarly to how I did in my early years here with Andrew Luck.”

The Chiefs added West Alabama wide receiver Tyreek Hill as the second fifth-round pick (165th overall).

And while controversy surrounds the pick given Hill’s past legal issues with domestic violence, which led to his dismissal from the Oklahoma State football team in January 2015, the Chiefs have a player with exceptional speed.

“He’s got world‐class speed,” area scout Ryne Nutt said. “He ran a 4.25 at his Pro Day, it was one of the better Pro Days I’ve been to all year. The kid’s explosive, he’s fast‐twitched, he can obviously run and he’s very good with the ball in his hand.”

The Chiefs closed out the draft with two picks in the sixth round, adding Georgia Tech cornerback D.J. White (178th overall) and Virginia Tech outside linebacker Dadi Nicolas (203rd overall).

White became the third cornerback selected by the Chiefs in the 2016 draft, joining third-round pick KeiVarae Russell and fourth-round pick Eric Murray.

The Chiefs are suddenly loaded at the cornerback position with White, Russell, Murray, Marcus Peters, Phillip Gaines, Steven Nelson, Jamell Fleming, Marcus Cooper, Keith Lewis and Deveron Carr.

Competition to make the roster will be tough, but the 5-11, 185-pound White offers a skillset that could help his during the training camp battles.

“I would describe my game as a playmaker,” White said in a conference call. “You know, you look at my film at (Georgia) Tech, I made plays, a lot of big plays in clutch situations. I am hoping to bring that to Kansas City with me.”

The 6-3, 223-pound Nicolas played defensive end at Virginia Tech, but projects as an outside linebacker for the Chiefs.

Nicolas said in a conference call he currently weighs “close to 240,” but believes he can pack on more pounds.

“I would be playing with the Chiefs – an ideal – I could become 245 to 255, around that area,” he said. “I feel like I could do whatever I needed to do around that weight. I’ve never played at that weight before, but I move fine and I feel a whole lot stronger than I was then and stuff like that. So, here we go.”

CHIEFS’ DRAFT PICKS

ROUND

PICK OVERALL

2

DL Chris Jones, Mississippi State 37*
3 CB KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame

74**

4

OL Parker Ehinger, Cincinnati 105*
4 CB Eric Murray, Minnesota

106**

4

WR Demarcus Robinson, Florida 126
5 QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford

162***

5

RB/WR Tyreek Hill, West Alabama 165
6 CB D.J. White, Georgia Tech

178*

6 OLB Dadi Nicolas, Virginia Tech

203

* Acquired via trade with the San Francisco 49ers
*** Acquired via trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*** Acquired via trade that sent safety Kelcie McCray to Seattle Seahawks in 2015

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Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for The Topeka Capital-Journal and ChiefsDigest.com. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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