The Kansas City bosses were not brilliant on the second night of the 2021 NFL Draft, using the two second-round picks that kicked off the day to select players.
The bosses’ general manager, Brett Watch, admitted that they had held on-site talks as teams tended to potentially trade down, but in the end, Missouri backback Nick Bolton and Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey were simply too excruciating.
“At the age of 58, Nick Bolton was looking us in the face and we are extremely excited about him,”
“This will be an extremely competitive offensive line and there will be a lot of depth there. As we have said many times, a season of 17 games now, a long pre-season and hopefully an extended appearance for us in the playoffs. We need all the help we can get. And now we have a lot of talent. ”
It is probably fair at this stage to pray in Brown on the left and Joe Tunny in the left guard, given the capital that the bosses used to acquire them. But the rest of the line must see fierce competition – including a battle for the center position between six-year-old Austin Blythe, third-tier link Nick Allegretti and Humphrey.
“I mentioned earlier that we had some flexibility with Austin and Joe Tuny,” Weach said. “With Creed coming here, needless to say, you now feel good about leaving Tunisy where it’s most convenient for him, and that’s in that position. And Creed now offers you a bigger central option, and we’ve talked about that. “
Humprey is on the list at 6 feet 4 and 302 pounds.
“It’s going to be a great race again and they have to come in here and compete and maybe the best person will win. Austin showed he could come in and play, and he did it throughout his career, and he showed he could do it at a high level. Creed offers a larger body and this pocket and the way these larger employees can affect the pocket is certainly different when blocking Creed there. So it will be a great competition again and we have some flexibility, and now we have the most important thing a lot of depth. ”
Nick Bolton added to the backback room
The bosses were also high in Bolton, and he, playing football college in Missouri, gave the Kansas City appraisers a chance to go see him.
“We certainly had a lot of opportunities to watch Nick Bolton play, who is a local and just a great player,” Weach said. “He is a person who can come in here and play in both the MIKE and WILL positions and has a range from sideline to sideline. Again, healthy, smart, can make all the calls, make all the calls.
“Look at Anthony Hitchens and he’s one of the guys who does all this for us, but when Hitch comes down, we really want to add depth there. Then again his flexibility to play either MIKE or WILL. “
Veach explained that both Bolton and Humphrey have also offered some of the intangibles that bosses look for when assembling players.
“Both of you, you’re talking about their intelligence, endurance and leadership skills – I mean, these are two high-profile players and people who will be great in the community,” he said. “It will be great for them in the locker room, they will come in and learn the game book quickly, they will speed up. Much of this – especially last year without OTA, and this year we hope to get into these OTAs, but I’m sure it will be a little different from previous years – you need to get into the game book and you need to quickly to catch you. But they are both extremely intelligent. Both captains, leaders, boys who have played a lot of football at their respective universities. “
Looking back to the last day of the project
After the Bolton and Humphrey selections, the bosses still have four choices to work with on the third and final day of the NFL Draft. The chiefs have № 144 in the fourth round, № 175 and 181 in the fifth round and № 207 in the sixth round.
“Our boys are upstairs right now and we’re putting the board together and we think there’s some value in the next few choices for us,” Weach added. “We have a fourth and two fifths and a sixth, so we certainly enjoy the challenge … I don’t know if we say we want this position or this position, I think we will do it let the board play and we will take the best player – guys that we think can come in here and make our roster, compete and play. ”
The bosses thought they had entered the draft after putting themselves in a position to take the best player available, which they said they did in choosing Bolton and Humphrey. Veach said that every NFL Draft includes a few surprises, but sometimes what can be seen as a falling player can be just a series of teams that don’t have that particular need.
“Maybe the teams just haven’t seen it [a player] the way other people saw him, ”Weah suggested. “A lot of the time it’s a situation where (for example) Creed could easily go, maybe choose 48 or 50. Maybe he was on the discussion board of a team at 48 or 49 and they didn’t go in that direction, but they went somewhere else and then the next wave of teams didn’t really need a center or had that particular need, so then he falls. We are certainly benefactors of this [Friday night].
“A lot of them are just the weather and the circumstances and the way the board is played, but we went in that day two and we had a full pocket of players, and that was kind of right there until the end, and certainly Bolton and Creed were both in those pockets. I think we had a few more names there, but obviously those were the two best names on the board, and we’re happy with the way the board unfolded, and we’re happy to add both of these players to our list. ”
The NFL project resumes on Saturday at 11 a.m. Arrowhead Time.