Dynasty fantasy football is a year-round affair. A sharp manager will be thinking about all aspects of the dynasty season at all times. Managers who are keen enough to look ahead will be the ones that can grab themselves an edge. A large portion of the dynasty off-season will be spent discussing incoming rookies and the related topic, the NFL draft. It is easy for us to fall in love with the next workhorse running back or prototypical alpha wide receiver, but a manager that is in tune with the entire draft class as a whole will find themselves ahead of the game.
Whether it is the next road-paving interior offensive lineman or genetic freak edge rusher, we can find ourselves at quite the advantage in April by building an entire picture of how the 2022 class will play out. Those that prepare ahead will not be often surprised at the outcomes.
Credit to the mock draft simulation goes to The Draft Network. Team needs are also generated from this site. Compensatory picks have not been assigned and will not be included in this exercise.
2021 Season Recap
The 2021 season came up short of goals for the Kansas City Chiefs. They fell short in the AFC Championship game to the Cincinnati Bengals. However, there is still hope for the future as they have arguably the best quarterback in the league locked up long term. Going into the offseason the Chiefs have team needs all across the defense. Offensive playmaker is always something that is worth attacking. Despite having arguably the best wide receiver and tight end combo in the league, depth is very much needed. They have nine picks in the 2022 drafts. Let’s see how they can fill those holes and return to Super Bowl glory!
1.30 – Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
At the back end of the first round the Kansas City Chiefs are able to add an explosive playmaker. With the 30th overall pick they selected wide receiver Chris Olave from Ohio State University. The name of the game in Kansas City has been speed with Tyreek Hill for a while now. Well why not add a player that just ran a 4.39 at this year’s NFL Combine. Two track stars on the outside will be a headache for opposing cornerbacks and defensive coaches.
Olave is a true senior and three year starter at Ohio State University. He caught passes from Dwayne Haskins, Justin Fields, and CJ Stroud. However, Mahomes will easily be the best quarterback he has ever played with. Just imaging Mahomes’ deep ball combined with the speed of Olave is what fantasy football dreams are made of. Olave could plug in as an immediate week one starter and instantly provide your dynasty squad with WR2 type numbers.
For more on Olave, check out our rookie profile on him.
2.62 – Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina
In the second round the Chiefs are able to grab Kingsley Enagbare, the edge defender from the University of South Carolina. Creating pressure with an elite edge is something this Chiefs defense is currently lacking. Melvin Ingram provided that this past year, but he is slated to hit free agency. The 6’4” 265 pound senior is winning at a 27.3% pass rush win rate and is a headache for opposing offensive lines. He would make an immediate impact along this defensive front.
Enagbare is an excellent athlete that just lacks some polish in his pass rush techniques. He must learn to more efficiently use his leverage and positioning to get after the quarterback. However, he does possess a decent toolbox of rush techniques including spin moves and hand swims.
3.94 – Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
With the first of two third round picks the Chiefs are able to pick up some linebacker help. Chenal is a Junior and two year starter at Wisconsin. Chenal was top ten in the nation in run stops last year and will be a menace in the middle. He will excel in run stops and will find himself a rotational piece his rookie year. Hopefully he can develop enough in his coverage that he can find himself as an every snap linebacker in year two and going forward.
3.102 – Nick Cross, S, Maryland
One of the more high profile players potentially leaving Kansas City this offseason is Tyrann Mathieu. Not to say that a third rounder from Maryland will be replacing him, but depth must be backfilled. Cross was a day one starter and left Maryland after his Junior season. Early declares are always a plus in the draft process. Nick Cross profiles best as a free safety at the next level and can eventually find his way onto the field as a starter. Combining him with a one year veteran signing may do well to replace the “Honeybadger” should he move on from Kansas City.
4.133 – Jermaine Waller, CB, Virginia Tech
With their lone fourth round pick, the Kansas City Chiefs selected a developmental cornerback out of Virginia Tech. Jermaine Waller is a Junior that started all three years for the Hokies. He had an outstanding freshman year in 2019 where he allowed only 20 receptions on 51 targets and 436 coverage snaps. 2020 was a shortened season due to injury and we saw some regression in 2021. This is very similar to LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. who is currently projected to be a top 15 pick. If the Chiefs coaching staff were to unlock that freshman talent, Kansas City would be looking at a starting corner. The fourth round is a good spot to take risks like that.
5.189 – Tyler Allgeier, RB, BYU
In the fifth round, the Kansas City Chiefs are able to bring in some depth for the running back position. Allgeier is a 5’11” and 220 pound Junior out of BYU. He was a starter for the past two seasons and broke a thousand yards each of those seasons. He has all of the size needed to be a feature back at the NFL level and has shown some ability in the passing game.
As it stands right now the Kansas City Chiefs only have two running backs under contract, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Brenden Knox. Regardless of how anyone may feel about the performance of Edwards-Helaire, depth is needed at the position. The fifth round is not a bad place to find a nice cheap depth piece. Now can Allgeier eventually push Edwards-Helaire for starter snaps? We’re not saying it won’t happen, but we also can’t say that it will happen. The truth of the matter is many running backs have looked good in this offense throughout the years.
7.230 – Luke Tenuta, OT, Virginia Tech
With their first pick in the seventh round, the Kansas City Chiefs grab a developmental tackle. Luke Tenuta is a red-shirt junior for the Virginia Tech Hokies who started all three years. In college he was moved between both right and left tackles which will be a plus for his NFL career. Luke measures in at 6’9” and 322 pounds. Hopefully he measures in with the arm length required for the tackle position at the combine. The plus is that if he doesn’t work out as a tackle, this Chiefs roster can also use depth at the guard position.
7.240 – Tyrone Truesdell, IDL, Florida
With the second pick in the seventh round, the Chiefs selected interior defensive lineman Tyrone Truesdell. Truesdell measures in at 6’2” and 330 pounds. He can provide a much needed piece in the center of the defensive line. He takes up a lot of space on the inside and can overpower small lineman with a dominant bull rush. A point of weakness would be offensive lineman with great length and leverage ability. A large body that can take up space in the run game, can’t ask for more in the seventh round.
7.248 – Tre Turner, WR, Virginia Tech
With the final selection of the draft, the Kansas City Chiefs add some much needed depth to the receiver position. Turner is purely a developmental prospect that amounts to a dart throw this late in the draft process. He finished top five in Virginia Tech history in both receptions and receiving yards. Once he is acclimated to the NFL and can concentrate on football full-time, he can develop to be a nice rotational piece for this offense.
Fantasy Impact and Analysis
Any discussion revolving around fantasy football and the Kansas City Chiefs begins and ends with Patrick Mahomes. Last offseason we saw the Chiefs invest an enormous amount of draft capital and money to improve this offensive line. Those investments paid off as we saw the line take many steps forward this season. As long as they can re-sign left tackle Orlando Brown, that unit will remain intact for the 2022 season.
Depth For A High Flying Offense
Kansas City possesses one of the most explosive combinations of playmakers in the NFL. They have the ability to flip the field in the blink of an eye and are a danger to score on any given play. However, once you get past Kelce and Hill, there is not a ton of talent on this roster. The additions of Olave and Allgeier will hopefully solve these depth issues.
Olave has some elite speed and produced every year as a starter at Ohio State. His transition to the NFL should be a fairly straightforward one. The rookie draft hype for Olave will be at an all-time high if he were to land in Kansas City at the end of the first round. And for good reasons. First rounders are all but guaranteed snaps their rookie year. Olave will be on the field plenty his rookie year and will be able to take advantage of playing opposite one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the league. This landing spot will make Olave a great mid-first round pick in your rookie draft and should immediately return weekly WR2 to WR3 finishes.
Tyler Allgeier will get opportunities his rookie year in this Kansas City backfield. He may not have a full time starter role, but we can expect him to get a dozen or so snaps a game. How many carries that translates to is entirely dependent on Allgeier looks in camp, the pre-season, and with his limited workload. Allgeier has two inches and almost twenty pounds on Clyde Edwards-Helaire so he can find an early role as the goalline and short yardage back. We might see a dynamic similar to Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon in Green Bay. This landing spot will drive his rookie stock into the mid second round. He would make a great handcuff option with the potential for more if anything were to happen to Edwards-Helaire.
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