Speaking of freak athletes, Alec Pierce caught the eyes of many at the NFL Scouting Combine. He stands at 6’3, 211 pounds and ran an astounding 4.41 40-yard dash, even faster than the aforementioned Jahan Dotson. Pierce also recorded a 40.5 inch vertical jump, giving reason to believe that he can be a threat in 50/50 situations. His numbers don’t jump off the screen, but the style of offense that Cincinnati ran did not suit his play style as well as it could have.
A smart play caller will be able to put a guy with this mix of traits into an advantageous position each snap. I think Andy Reid more than qualifies. The Chiefs’ new acquisition, Juju Smith-Schuster, missed 16 games over the past three seasons. Everyone knows Josh Gordon’s track record of not being available and Mecole Hardman has never proven to be a consistent target for Pat Mahomes. Leaving with Dotson and Pierce gives the Kansas City Chiefs a duo that they can build around for the foreseeable future.
In the 2021 NFL Draft, the Chiefs selected Nick Bolton out of Missouri with the No. 58 pick in the second round. The team cut linebacker Anthony Hitchens early in the offseason process, giving Bolton the freedom to play at his more natural position — MIKE linebacker. With the former second-round pick shifting over, this leaves a void at the outside linebacker position in Kansas City that could be filled by Willie Gay Jr. It never hurts to have plenty of competition at each spot on the depth chart, so I see them adding another guy to the mix.
Nebraska’s JoJo Domann is an interesting option late on day two of the draft. He is versatile, constantly pursues ball carriers and also has shown the ability to stick with tight ends downfield. He is a rare stat sheet stuffer at the linebacker position, and has the prototypical size you look for. The motor he plays with is strong, serving as a tone setter for the defensive unit. Domann checks every box and caps off an impressive first two days for the Kansas City Chiefs.