The 2023 NFL Draft feels like forever ago now that the regular season is approaching for the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Let’s look at the Chiefs’ draft picks and how they utilized them. Once done, head over to the 2024 NFL Mock Draft Simulator, where you can make all of Kansas City’s selections for yourself.
Kansas City Chiefs Draft Picks by Round in 2023
- Round 1, Pick 31
Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE | Kansas State
- Round 2, Pick 55 (From DET via MIN)
Rashee Rice, WR | SMU
- Round 3, Pick 92 (From CIN)
Wanya Morris, OT | Oklahoma
- Round 4, Pick 119
Chamarri Conner, CB | Virginia Tech
- Round 5, Pick 166
BJ Thompson, EDGE | Stephen F. Austin
- Round 6, Pick 194 (From DET)
Keondre Coburn, DT | Texas
- Round 7, Pick 250*
Nic Jones, CB | Ball State
*Denotes compensatory selection
How Many Draft Picks Did the Chiefs Have Entering the 2023 NFL Draft?
The Chiefs had seven picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, three of which were their own. One was a compensatory pick, and the final three came via trades.
The Chiefs were without two of their picks from the 2023 NFL Draft. They traded a third-round compensatory pick and their original sixth-round pick for Kadarius Toney. That third-round compensatory pick would eventually fuel the Giants to acquire Darren Waller from the Raiders.
Pick 122 from Miami was part of the Tyreek Hill trade with the Dolphins. Meanwhile, pick 178 came from Miami as part of that same deal, but the pick originally came from Chicago via the trade for Jakeem Grant in 2021. Kansas City entered the draft with both selections but moved around a bit on Day 3 and landed with picks 119 and 166 instead.
In the Hill trade, Kansas City received second and fourth-round selections in 2022 and fourth and sixth-round selections in 2023. They had another seventh-round pick in the bag when they traded Rashad Fenton to the Atlanta Falcons at the trade deadline, but the conditional nature of the trade was not met, and Atlanta recouped the pick.
Who Did the Chiefs Draft in 2023?
Kansas City’s 2023 NFL Draft class should help them reload for another potential Super Bowl run, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
The Chiefs began the draft by selecting a player from their home state, Kansas State’s Felix Anudike-Uzomah. Anudike-Uzomah has been one of the most productive pass rushers in college football for the past two years and has the physical abilities and determination to make a significant impact on the Chiefs’ defensive line. His quickness off the line of scrimmage is particularly impressive.
On Day 2, Kansas City shifted the focus to the offensive side of the ball, adding a dynamic three-level WR threat in Rashee Rice and a traits-rich natural right tackle in Wanya Morris. Rice has been stellar throughout training camp, starting to justify projections that he could be a fantastic starter with his explosiveness.
Then, the Chiefs returned to the defense on Day 3, picking up Chamarri Conner, BJ Thompson, Keondre Coburn, and Nic Jones.
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