Kansas City Chiefs: Top Three Needs in 2021 NFL Draft

The Kansas City Chiefs failed to be back-to-back Super Bowl Champions last season. After they defeated the San Francisco 49ers the season before, Kansas City was annihilated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Chiefs still have a bright future ahead of them.

Andy Reid is a tremendous head coach and Brett Veach is a tremendous general manager for Kansas City. The Kansas City Chiefs will look to improve the roster, but they need it in gritty areas and not in skill areas.

Kansas City knows how to manage its cap space well and also has a very good scouting department. They have not been scared to make moves in the NFL Draft, including trading up for quarterback Patrick Mahomes back in 2017. What should the Kansas City Chiefs do with the 31st overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft?

EDGE Rusher

Kansas City does not have enough help on the defensive line. They are not particularly deep at that position. The Kansas City Chiefs just can’t rely on offense all the time. Kansas City needs players to disrupt the opposition.

Kwity Paye from Michigan is a top-15 talent, but he may slip in the draft because of other teams draft needs. Paye can rush the passer and stop the run.

He was the heartbeat of the Michigan defensive line. Kwity Paye has solid technique and it will improve with more reps.

He will also help improve their pass rush. Defensive tackle Chris Jones is the only legit pass rusher on the roster.

Greg Rousseau from Miami (FL) is also a top 15 talent in the 2021 NFL Draft, but he could also slip because of teams draft needs. Rousseau always takes advantage of his mismatches and he also needs to add some strength to his arsenal.

Greg Rousseau would be a starter most likely for the Kansas City Chiefs from the start or potentially be a role piece. He would work his way up the depth chart for Andy Reid’s squad.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo wouldn’t mind adding another legit piece to this defensive squad. Rousseau would be a part of the future because EDGE rushers aren’t getting younger on this roster.

Zaven Collins from Tulsa is an athletic outside linebacker. He is tremendous at stopping the run and isn’t particularly known for being a pass rusher.

Collins has a ton of upside. He is very talented and Veach loves upside.

Offensive Line

The Kansas City Chiefs offensive line was abused in the Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They need some offensive tackles and some offensive guard help.

Aaron Banks from Notre Dame would be a perfect fit on the interior for Kansas City. The Chiefs run blocking scheme would immediately improve and would open up holes for Clyde-Edwards Helaire.

Banks come from an offensive lineman factory in Notre Dame and they play with a physical edge. Aaron Banks is a day one starter potentially and will provide some depth.

Liam Eichenberg from Notre Dame played left tackle in college, but he might be asked to move to right tackle in the NFL. Eichenberg was also a part of a great offensive line at Notre Dame.

He is another tremendous run blocker, but an average pass blocker. Liam Eichenberg would take a little bit more time to develop.

Stone Forsythe from Florida is a tremendous pass blocker and that is what the Kansas City Chiefs are looking for. Forsythe can make blocking adjustments on the fly and that is what Kansas City wants.

This would be able to protect quarterback Patrick Mahomes for the long haul. Stone Forsythe needs to improve against speed rushers but he is strong otherwise.


The Kansas City Chiefs need some more help in the secondary. They are tremendous at safety and not necessarily at cornerback.

Greg Newsome II from Northwestern could be a player that Kansas City closely considers. He can shutdown other wide receivers and was a part of a very talented Northwestern defense this past season.

Quarterbacks hated throwing to his side. Newsome II would improve the Kansas City Chiefs defensive passing game tremendously.

Ifeatu Melifonwu from Syracuse is another cornerback climbing up draft boards, but he probably won’t be taken until the second-round or the third-round. Melifonwu is going to be more of a nickel cornerback or a starting safety in the NFL.

Elijah Molden from Washington is another cornerback that has the physical instincts and tools to be successful in the NFL. He could be a man-to-man kind of player in nickel coverage. The Kansas City Chiefs will be in those kind of defenses a lot.

What do you think the Kansas City Chiefs should do with the 31st overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft? Leave a comment below.

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