The Kansas City Chiefs started their portion of the 2022 NFL Draft with a trade. They sent the No. 29, 94, and 121 picks to the New England Patriots in exchange for the 21st overall pick, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. With the 21st pick, the Chiefs selected Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie.
— Devon Clements (@DevclemNFL) April 29, 2022
With the top 5 wide receivers already gone, Kansas City moves up the draft board to address a clear need on defense. McDuffie will likely be inserted right away into the starting lineup, playing alongside L’Jarius Sneed in the secondary.
The Chiefs’ desire to move up the draft board to acquire McDuffie likely had to do with the fact that the Washington cornerback was slipping in the first round. McDuffie was ranked as the 14-best prospect in NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s updated top 150 prospect rankings, which was released on April 25. So, Kansas City moves up, gets a starting cornerback, and still have another selection in the first round (pick 30).
Chiefs Players React to Selection
Chiefs players took to Twitter to react to Kansas City’s first selection in the draft.
“We in his Duffie bag!!!” running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire wrote.
We in his Duffie bag!!!
— GLYDE (@Clydro_22) April 29, 2022
“LETS GET IT I like it,” linebacker Willie Gay Jr. wrote.
LETS GET IT🔥🔥🔥I like it
— Willie Gay Jr. (@WillieG___) April 29, 2022
“Can never have enough corners! Especially when you’re up a lot in the 4th Q and teams are throwing to come back,” former Chiefs offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz wrote.
Can never have enough corners! Especially when you’re up a lot in the 4th Q and teams are throwing to come back
— Mitchell Schwartz (@MitchSchwartz71) April 29, 2022