Kansas City Chiefs Draft Picks & New Signings for 2023

Last updated on July 3rd, 2023 at 05:36 am.

Like many Kansas City Chiefs fans, I was excited to learn about the new lineup, including players traded for, signed, and Chiefs draft picks during the 2023 offseason.

But the real question is, how are these National Football League teams going to do in the 2023-2024 season. And for us living in Kansas City, and the greater Kansas and Missouri areas, the real question is how are the Chiefs going to do?

Chiefs Draft Picks 2023

The 2023 NFL draft was an important one for the Chiefs for multiple reasons. 

One of those reasons is that the Kansas City Chiefs are looking to defend their Super Bowl champions title by drafting new promising players to the already talented roster to compete for a third title under head coach, Andy Reid. 

Second, is that the draft took place in Kansas City this year. That means that fans of all 32 NFL teams came to Kansas City to watch Roger Goodell announce who their team would be drafting. 

Having the NFL draft in your city, not only is a privilege as it is a rare occurrence to get to host it, considering the 32 teams in the league, but it also brings a major boost to the local economy, bringing in millions of dollars from tourist, staying at hotels, eating out local restaurants, and buying from shops all around the Kansas City metropolitan area. 

In this article, I will discuss all of the pics and trades that the Kansas City Chiefs made in the 2023 draft, as well as my opinion on all drafted players. 

Kansas City Chiefs Free Agency Losses & Trades

During the 2023 off-season, the Chiefs lost a few key players to their Super Bowl winning roster.

Orlando Brown Jr Loss

The most notable players lost include Orlando Brown Jr., the starting left tackle for the past two years. The main reason why the Chiefs decided not to resign Orlando Brown Jr. was because of the amount he wanted to be paid.

He wanted to be paid like a top left tackle in the league, when, for the past two years, he has been playing as around the top 15 tackle. Because of the differences in what they wanted from each other, the Chiefs opted not to offer Brown Jr. he wanted, ultimately leading him to sign with the Chiefs rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals.

Juju Smith-Schuster Loss

Another key player lost to free agency was Juju Smith-Schuster, the Chiefs WR1 this past season. Many were hoping Juju would resign to the Chiefs, he ended up accepting an offer from the New England Patriots for 3 years, and $33 million dollars.

I personally wish we would’ve offered him the same amount, as that is about what we paid him last year, but with Kadarius Toney stepping into the WR1 role, as well as Justin Ross, an undrafted player from the 2022 draft that has a lot of hype surrounding him, coming back from his injury, I am excited to see who takes the next step in the Chiefs wide receiver room.

Additional Chiefs Losses for the 2023-2024 Season

Some other notable loses include Juan Thornhill (SAF), Frank Clark (EDGE), Carlos Dunlap (EDGE), Derrick Nadi (DL), Andrew Wylie (OT), Mecole Hardman (WR), and Michael Burton (FB).

Kansas City Chiefs New Players – Free Agency Pick Ups

The chiefs signed a few players in the 2023 as a free agent, however they did not make as big of a splash as they did last year, only signing a few new players to the roster.

Jawaan Taylor (Offensive Tackle)

The biggest signing was that of Jawaan Taylor, an OT from the Jaguars. The chiefs signed Taylor to a 4 year, $80 million deal, propping him up as their new star tackle after the loss of Orlando Brown Jr. Taylor is a great run blocking OT, and the chiefs are hoping that they can move him from RT to LT to fill the hole Brown Jr. left.

Donovan Smith (Offensive Tackle)

We also signed tackle Donovan Smith from the Buccaneers, who is a great veteran presence to have in the locker room. He is an eight-year veteran who has logged 1,000+ snaps at left tackle six times.

It was reported by Tom Pelissero he was signed by the Chiefs to a one-year deal worth up to $9M.

He went on to say on Twitter, “Donovan Smith has played his entire career at left tackle. Jawaan Taylor has played almost exclusively right tackle. If all goes well, that’s how the Chiefs will line up in front of reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.

additional Free Agency Pick Ups

Some more signings for the 2023 Chiefs season include Baline Gabbert from the Buccaneers (QB), Richie James from the Giants (WR), Mike Edwards from the Buccaneers (SAF), Drue Tranquill form the Chargers (LB), Byron Cowart from the Colts (DL), and Charles Omenihu from the 49ers (EDGE).

Now that we’ve got the losses out of the way, we can look at the new pickups for the Kansas City Chiefs. Losing almost all of our big-name receivers aside from Mecole Hardman, the Chiefs front office needed to make some big moves in free agency, and that’s exactly what they did. 

Below are the new players for the Chiefs that were picked up as free agents.

Chiefs Draft Picks

Chiefs 2023 Draft Picks & New Signings

While the Chiefs did not have the biggest free agency class, I do believe they filled almost all of the holes in the roster where improvement was crucial. 

General manager Brett Veach of the Kansas City Chiefs, did a great job during the 2023 NFL Draft to put together an incredible draft and fill the roster with great choices.

The Kansas City Chiefs made some strategic picks to bolster their team’s depth and address some critical needs. The Chiefs added some much-needed talent to their defensive line, with their top pick being an EDGE, and also added depth to their wide reciever room and offensive line.

With several solid choices in the later rounds, the Chiefs were able to address some specific areas where they needed to improve, such as cornerback and defensive tackle. Overall, the Chiefs had a successful draft and look to have strengthened their team for the upcoming season. 

Here are the 2023 Kansas City Chiefs nfl draft class

The Kansas City Chiefs made some strategic moves during the 2023 NFL Draft, securing a promising group of talent that is sure to bolster their roster. With their sights set on another Super Bowl appearance, the Chiefs chose a mix of offensive and defensive players, as well as some key additions to their special teams.

Fans can look forward to watching these rookies compete and develop under the guidance of Head Coach Andy Reid and his coaching staff.

Felix Anudike-Uzomah (Defensive End) from Kansas State 

Round 1 Pick 31 

With the 31st pick to round out the end of the first round of the draft (The Dolphins had their pick forfeited), the Chiefs, selected Felix Anudike-Uzomah, out of Kansas State. 

Anudike-Uzomah is originally from Kansas City, which made the pick make sense for the chiefs as the were looking for a great defensive end, and with a chance to bring Anudike-Uzomah back to his hometown, they couldn’t resist taking him at 31. 

Anudike-Uzomah was a three star recruit coming out of Lee Summit high school, where he originally committed to North Dakota State, before changing to Kansas State in 2019. 

In the 2022 season, he had 11 TFLs, and eight sacks, leading him to the big 12 defensive player of the year honor. Standing at 6’3, and 255 lbs, Anudike-Uzomah is a outstanding defensive end prospect that is known for his push rushing abilities.

After cutting Frank Clark earlier in this off-season, drafting a defensive end. Became the number one priority for the Chiefs. With the promising, George Karlaftis on the other side of the defensive line, the Chiefs are hoping that Anudike-Uzomah will become a part of a powerful one to punch in their defensive end room. 

Rashee Rice (Wide Receiver) from SMU 

Round 2 Pick 55 

Surprising some people, the Chiefs decided to trade up in the second round of the NFL draft, trading the 63rd, 122nd, and 249th picks in the draft to the Lions for the 55th and 194th pick. 

With the 55th pick, the Chiefs selected Rashee Rice, a wide receiver out of SMU. It was no surprise that the Chief’s selected wide receiver, the only debate between analysts and fans was if it was gonna be in the first or second round. 

A lot of people were either neutral or not very happy with the pick of Rice, as many thought that he was more of a third round talent. However, I must disagree. 

Rice was SMU’s #1 target in 2022, catching 96 passes for 1,335 yards and 10 touchdowns, all while battling a foot injury. At 6’1, 204 lbs, Rice ran a 4.51 40 yard dash at the 2023 combine. While that might make you believe that he may only be suited as a slot receiver, his 10 yard dash time was 1.49, showing that he is a very explosive player, who just doesn’t have quite the speedster abilities as someone like Mecole Hardman does in long-distance.

However, being explosive off the line has made Rice a dangerous threat for cornerbacks all over college football, and general manager, Steve Spagnola believes that he can be the same type of player in the NFL, and I believe he could easily step in and fill the role of a Adam Theilen or Calvin Ridley type of role. 

Wanya Morris (Offensive Tackle) from Oklahoma 

Round 3 Pick 92 

In round 3, the Chiefs traded up again from the 95th pick to the 92nd pick, trading the 95th and 217th picks for the 92nd from the Bengals. 

With pick 92, they selected Wanya Morris. Wanya Morris is a highly talented offensive lineman who will be a great fit for the Kansas City Chiefs. Morris possesses a rare combination of size, strength, and agility, which make him an excellent pass protector and run blocker. He has great footwork and balance, allowing him to quickly move laterally and maintain his position against speedy edge rushers.

Morris also has a strong work ethic and a willingness to learn, which are traits that are highly valued in the Chiefs organization. With his skillset and work ethic, Morris could be a key piece in protecting Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and helping the team dominate on the offensive side of the ball.

And with Orlando Brown Jr leaving to free agency during the off-season, Wanya Morris will hopefully be a player that the Chiefs can develop at either right tackle or left tackle, alongside Jawaan Taylor who they signed in the off season to a 80 million dollar, 4 year contract. 

Chamarri Conner (cornerback) from Virginia Tech 

Round 4 Pick 119 

Chamarri Conner is a versatile and dynamic safety with a lot of strengths. He’s quick, agile, and has great instincts, which makes him a valuable asset on defense. He’s also an excellent tackler and has a knack for making big plays when his team needs them the most. 

Conner’s work ethic and dedication to his craft are also impressive, which makes him a great fit for the Chiefs. He’s the type of player who is always looking to improve and is willing to put in the hard work to get better. With his skillset and drive, Conner has the potential to be a real difference-maker for the Chiefs. 

At the NFL Draft Combine, Conner ran a 4.45 second 40-yard dash, which is a great time for a safety. He also had a 37-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-4 broad jump, and did 18 reps on the bench press. These stats demonstrate his impressive athleticism and strength, which are key attributes for any NFL player, especially a safety. 

BJ Thompson (EDGE) from Stephen F. Austin State University

Round 5 Pick 166 

BJ Thompson is an exciting prospect for the Chiefs, with a lot of potential to make an impact at the next level. He’s a versatile and athletic edge rusher who is equally adept at getting after the quarterback and stopping the run. 

Thompson’s 2023 draft combine stats reflect his impressive physical abilities, including a 4.58 second 40-yard dash, a 36-inch vertical jump, and a 10-foot-2 broad jump. In college, he was a standout player for the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners, where he recorded 10.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss as a senior. Thompson’s combination of speed, strength, and skill make him a great fit for the Chiefs’ defense, and he has the potential to develop into a dominant force in the NFL. 

Keondre Coburn (Defensive Tackle) from Texas 

Round 6 Pick 194 

The Chiefs originally had the 178th pick and the 194th overall pick (from the Lions), but ended up trading it to the Cowboys for a 2024 5th round pick, leaving them with just the 194th pick in the 6th round. 

With the 194th pick the Chiefs selected Keondre Coburn. Keondre Coburn is an impressive defensive tackle who has the potential to be a great fit for the Chiefs. He’s a powerful and explosive player who can disrupt the opposing team’s offensive line and create opportunities for his teammates.

Coburn’s college stats are impressive, including 40 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks in his senior year at the University of Texas. At the NFL Combine, he demonstrated his strength and agility with a 5.15 second 40-yard dash, a 27-inch vertical jump, and a 9-foot-5 broad jump. With his combination of size and speed, Coburn has the potential to be a dominant force in the NFL, and his skills would be a valuable addition to the Chiefs’ defense. 

Nic Jones (Cornerback) from Ball State 

Round 7 Pick 250 

Nic Jones is an exciting prospect for the Chiefs, with a lot of potential to make an impact at the next level. He’s a talented cornerback who is known for his speed, agility, and coverage skills. 

Jones’ college stats are impressive, including 39 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 7 passes defended in his senior year at Ball State. 

At the NFL Combine, he demonstrated his athleticism with a 4.44 second 40-yard dash, a 36.5-inch vertical jump, and a 10-foot-7 broad jump. With his combination of speed, agility, and coverage skills, Jones has the potential to be a valuable addition to the Chiefs’ defense, and he could develop into a standout player in the NFL.

Chiefs Draft Picks and Free Agency Gains Overview

Overall I believe that the Chiefs 2023 draft picks were a success. Drafting talented players at positions of need as well as taking chances on raw yet talented prospects.

Now that the 2023 NFL draft is over and almost all free agents have been signed, it’s time for the real offseason of NFL football.

Players will take vacations and spend time with their families, and eventually start to head back to training camp in July to work with head coach Andy Reid and get into peak shape for the upcoming 2023-24 season.

Which of the Chiefs’ draft picks are you most excited to see on the field in the fall? Let me know below in the comments.

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