The Kansas City Chiefs picked up Stanford quarterback, Kevin Hogan, with the 25th pick in the fifth round (#162 overall) to come in and compete for a back-up role to starter Alex Smith. However, it will be their next choice three picks later that might be the most “offensive” to the fan base.
After taking Hogan, the Chiefs selected wide receiver Tyreek Hill out of West Alabama with the 165th overall pick. The 5-10, 185-lb speedster might have some game-changing skills on the field, but he also has a domestic violence incident in his past that got him suspended and kicked off the Oklahoma State University football and track teams.
He currently is on a three-year probation handed down in August, 2015 after he pleaded guilty to punching and choking his girlfriend who was eight weeks pregnant at the time. He transferred to Division II West Alabama soon after to complete his college career.
Because of these problems, Hill wasn’t even expected to be drafted, but the Chiefs decided to use a fifth-round draft choice on him. Chiefs fans are a forgiving bunch but players that mistreat women are a different matter. Just ask former running back Larry Johnson who was fond of throwing drinks in women’s faces in bars around town.
Considering the Chiefs used a fourth-round pick on Demarcus Robinson, another receiver with a checkered past – though not to the degree of Hill’s troubles – the selection of Hill is strange and best and troubling at worst.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is Hogan, who had the misfortune of following Stanford legend, Andrew Luck, in taking over the reins of the Cardinal program at quarterback. The good news is that Hogan handled it about as well as one could expect and eventually led Stanford to a Pac-12 Championship last year as a senior.
Supporters say Hogan has the size (6-3, 220 lbs) to be a good NFL player and has played in Stanford’s pro-style attack for four years. Chiefs coaches will have to work on his footwork and mechanics, which have been described by some as “a mess”, but that is something many rookie quarterbacks can overcome with good coaching.