In dealing Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins, the Kansas City Chiefs now own 12 total 2022 NFL Draft picks. Their draft haul could be extensive in April as they look to continue to craft an AFC-leading roster. Just what picks did they get back in exchange for Hill, and where do they go in the 2022 NFL Draft?
Kansas City Chiefs draft picks in 2022
- Round 1 | Pick 21 (from NE)
Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
- Round 1 | Pick 30
George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
- Round 2 | Pick 54 (from NE)
Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
- Round 2 | Pick 62
Bryan Cook, S, Cincinnati
- Round 3 | Pick 103
Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
- Round 4 | Pick 135
Joshua Williams, CB, Fayetteville State
- Round 5 | Pick 145 (from DEN via SEA)
Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky
- Round 7 | Pick 243 (from LV via NE)
Jaylen Watson, CB, Washington State
- Round 7 | Pick 251
Isaih Pacheco, RB, Rutgers
- Round 7 | Pick 259
Nazeeh Johnson, S, Marshall
Kansas City sent longtime deep threat and annual Pro Bowl receiver Hill to the Dolphins in exchange for five total picks. Three of those picks land in the 2022 NFL Draft, while two will come in 2023. Miami sent the Chiefs their first-round pick (No. 29), their second-round pick (No. 50), and one of their fourth-round selections for 2022.
Miami also sent Kansas City fourth- and sixth-round picks in next year’s draft. That total gives the Chiefs 12 picks for April’s draft and back-to-back selections in the first round. KC utilized their copious amount of draft picks on draft day, sending pick Nos. 29, 94, and 121 to the New England Patriots to move up to No. 21.
They then hit their biggest need this draft cycle by selecting Washington CB Trent McDuffie. After McDuffie, the Chiefs got younger and bigger on the edge with George Karlaftis entering the picture at pick No. 30.
Kansas City Chiefs 2022 NFL Draft team needs
Even before shipping out Hill, the Chiefs needed help at receiver. Given Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, the Chiefs’ best course of action this offseason is to gain young, salary cap-friendly receivers for him to build around. Hill’s exit opens the door for the Chiefs to bring in multiple receivers in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Aside from receiver, the Chiefs also need to add an influx of talent to their defensive line. Specifically, on the edge, Kansas City could benefit from this potentially historic class of edge defenders with one of their first-round selections now. With Davante Adams now in the division with the Las Vegas Raiders as well as Russell Wilson on the Denver Broncos, the Chiefs’ secondary needs to be re-tooled.
After trading Hill, here are the Chiefs’ most pressing needs as the 2022 NFL Draft approaches:
- Wide Receiver
- Tight End
- Defensive Tackle