One of the Chiefs’ two first-round draft picks can be used to replace Tyreek Hill.
One would expect that after trading Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins, the Kansas City Chiefs would be looking to pick a wide receiver early this spring.
While losing Hill to a probable AFC contender is a bummer, keep in mind how expensive the former fifth-round pick would have become in no time. Miami could afford to pay him far more than the Chiefs.
The good news is that Kansas City has two late first-round picks (Nos. 30 and 31) in the 2022 NFL Draft to potentially replace Hill at wide out.
Though he may be a long shot for most teams, the Chiefs can afford to take a chance on Georgia’s George Pickens with either a late first-round pick or a second-round pick.
In the NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs might replace Tyreek Hill with George Pickens
As a true junior, Pickens was hurt most of the time, and he didn’t play much because he was getting better.
Since maybe A.J. Green in Pickens, Georgia has never gotten the full potential out of its top receiving talent. Despite the fact that he could slip into the second round, the Chiefs would be prudent to select him at No. 30 or 31 in the NFL Draft.
The explanation for this is straightforward: the fifth-year option. Pickens is one of those players who, by the completion of his rookie contract, may be a multiple-time Pro Bowler.
If he is a first-round pick, a team like the Chiefs will have one more year of control over him. Otherwise, he could get the franchise tag or be able to sign with any team in the NFL after his fourth season.
Pickens, furthermore, satisfies some of Hill’s explosive playmaking skills. Pickens is a versatile receiver who can line up in numerous areas and be a threat in the ground game outside of the numbers, but he will not be the next Hill because no one is. Pickens isn’t for everyone, but he’ll fit in perfectly with the Chiefs Kingdom.
Patrick Mahomes will have a new top receiver for the next five years if Pickens joins the Chiefs.