Kansas City Chiefs Rookie Forecast 2024

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Solid Starter

Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU – Round 2

Early on in the process to the 2024 NFL Draft, Suamataia looked like a potential first-round pick. The 6-foot-4, 329-pound Suamataia was known to have a good skill set with size, strength, quickness, and athleticism. However late in the 2023 season and at the Senior Bowl, Suamataia showed some inconsistency and he could use some development. That caused him to slip out of first round projections, but Suamataia was viewed by teams as having starting potential after getting some development from pro coaching.

In pass protection, Suamataia shows a special skill set to be an edge protector in the NFL. He has quick feet with length to shut off the corner from speed rushers. With his smooth athleticism to go along with his speed, Suamataia can play the typewriter with his feet to cut off the edge. He also will use his quickness and agility to glide defenders around the pocket and open up the left side as an option for quarterbacks to slide laterally. Suamataia uses his hands and length well to get his defender blocked off the snap. There is no doubt that Suamataia has the physical ability to mirror speed rushers coming off the edge as he is a freaky athlete for a big edge blocker.

In the ground game, Suamataia flashes some special ability. He has some serious strength and power in the upper body that can absolutely bury defenders or drive them backwards off the line of scrimmage. With his raw violence, Suamataia can be an impact blocker that opens holes by drive defenders off the ball. With his special athleticism and quickness, Suamataia is very adept at getting out in space as he is superb in the open field and is very fast to the second level. That translates to him being superb in the screen game as well. Suamataia has the power to drive block and knock defenders off the ball. Sometimes Suamataia can be overly aggressive to knock defenders into next week and that leads him to missing his defender dodge. Suamataia needs to play in more control to avoid missed assignments.

Suamataia needs to improve his lower body strength for starters. Sometimes Suamataia will overset, and he can be late to react to some stunts and games. While Suamataia has good feet and length, sometimes his feet go still and he relies on his length too much to reach after rushers. That allows some second efforts by defensive linemen to break free from Suamataia.

The Chiefs have a big hole at left tackle and Suamataia could end up being the long-term starter. Initially he will compete with Wanya Morris for the spot, and in time one of them could replace Jawaan Taylor on the right side with other manning left tackle. After getting some coaching from the Chiefs staff, I think Suamataia could turn into a solid starter at left or right tackle for Kansas City.

2023: Rashee Rice, WR
2022: George Karlaftis, DE
2021: Creed Humphrey, C
2020: Willie Gay Jr., LB
2019: Khalen Saunders, DT
2018: Derrick Nnadi, DT
2017: Kareem Hunt, RB
2016: Chris Jones, DT
2015: Mitch Morse, G
2014: Philip Gaines, CB
2013: Eric Fisher, OT

Most Likely To Bust

Jared Wiley, TE, TCU – Round 4

First- and second-round picks are the only selections that can really fit as busts for a franchise. Less than 50 percent of third-round picks pan out in the NFL and it gets less than that after the third round. That being said, of the Chiefs first four selections, I could see Wiley being the most likely one not to stick in the NFL. Wiley is really just expected to be a backup tight end at the pro level. In the short-term future, Wiley could struggle to make the final 53-man roster as Travis Kelce, Noah Gray, and Irv Smith look likely to be the top three tight ends and some teams only keep three tight ends on the final 53. Wiley could have a hard time sticking in Kansas City and thus he looks like the draft pick that is most likely to disappoint.

2023: Wanya Morris, OT
2022: Skyy Moore, WR
2021: Joshua Kaindoh, DE
2020: Lucas Niang, OT
2019: Mecole Hardman, WR
2018: Dorian O’Daniel, LB
2017: Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE
2016: KeiVarae Russell, CB
2015: Chris Conley, WR
2014: Dee Ford, OLB
2013: Knile Davis, RB

Potential Boom Pick

Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas – Round 1

Since trading Tyreek Hill, Kansas City has lacked a true No. 1 receiver for Patrick Mahomes yet they have managed to win Super Bowls with a committee approach to helping Mahomes move the ball through the air. This offseason the Chiefs were aggressive to add some speed and playmaking ability to the receiving corps. They added Hollywood Brown in free agency, and then traded up for Worthy in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

As a receiver, Worthy (6-1, 172) is explosive off the line of scrimmage and shows twitchy moves out of his break to create separation from defensive backs. Worthy is a threat to beat coverage deep using his speed on verticals and his quickness out of the break makes him a dangerous route runner to get open. Worthy tracks the ball well and has impressive concentration to lock in receptions even with defenders bearing down on him with the potential to deliver huge hits.

Worthy catches the ball with his hands and is dangerous after the catch. With his explosive speed, Worthy looks to get vertical and can race away from the defense. As a punt returner he showed more elusive moves and cutting ability, as he will rip off yards after contact and make some tacklers look bad as they grasp at air with Worthy having darted past them. Even though he is not a big receiver, Worthy shows toughness to fight through tackles and is willing to dish out some violence to tacklers himself. He has the potential to be a good receiver after the catch.

The best negative about Worthy is the slim frame that will inherently cause durability concerns with pro evaluators. It would help Worthy to add some weight to his frame if he is able to without sacrificing his speed. Worthy could fit in the NFL as an outside or slot receiver.

Worthy is a great fit for Andy Reid’s offense and he could be an elite playmaker for Mahomes as soon as his rookie season.

2023: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE
2022: Trent McDuffie, CB
2021: Nick Bolton, LB
2020: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB
2019: Juan Thornhill, S
2018: Breeland Speaks, DT
2017: Pat Mahomes, QB
2016: Demarcus Robinson, WR
2015: Marcus Peters, CB
2014: De’Anthony Thomas, RB
2013: Travis Kelce, TE

Future Depth Player

Jaden Hicks, S, Washington St – Round 4

The Chiefs have two established starting safeties in Justin Reid and Bryan Cook, but they could use some depth at the position and Hicks is a good fit as a backup free safety for Cook. Hicks has a quality skill set and flashed some ability during the 2023 season. He could start out being a core special teams player that plays some defense if there are injuries to the starters. Perhaps Hicks will grow beyond that role, but I think at least he will become a solid depth player for Kansas City.

2023: Chamarri Conner, CB
2022: Bryan Cook, S
2021: Cornell Powell, WR
2020: L’Jarius Snead, DB
2019: Darwin Thompson, RB
2018: Amrani Watts, S
2017: Jehu Chesson, WR
2016: Eric Murray, CB
2015: Steven Nelson, CB
2014: Aaron Murray, CB
2013: Sanders Commings, CB