With the 37th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on Friday night, the Kansas City Chiefs followed the drafting pattern set by General Manager John Dorsey and Head Coach Andy Reid during their tenure with the team and took a super-athletic defensive tackle that might be replacing a Pro Bowl caliber veteran in 2017. The Chiefs selected Chris Jones, a 6-5, 310-lb player out of Mississippi State University, a junior who left school early and in some expert’s opinions, might have been a top-5 pick if he had stayed in school one more year.
Current Chiefs tackle, Dontari Poe, is entering the last year of his contract with the team and could price himself out of the Chiefs salary cap budget with another Pro Bowl season in 2016. Dorsey has shown the propensity to draft collegiate players early to replace important veterans who might be leaving town (See: Eric Fisher and Branden Albert). Whether or not Poe is still a Chief in 2017, the selection of Jones is an excellent one to provide quality depth in 2016 and maybe more beyond this season.
To read more about Jones, here is his draft profile from NFL.com
The Chiefs have one more pick in the second round at the moment, the 59th pick overall.