2. Kansas City Chiefs
Yes, the Kansas City Chiefs just traded away a player who wanted big money in Hill, so why in the heck would they do this? Well, for one, in an arms race that is the AFC, why the heck not?
To add some nuance to this besides “why not”, the Chiefs losing Hill isn’t an easy thing to replicate. The hope is that Mecole Hardman will take a step forward, and that Marquez Valdes-Scantling will add some deep threat playmaking ability, maybe in the form of the Hardman decoy from 2021 where Hardman moves to work the intermediate openings.
Then there’s Juju Smith-Schuster, who can work underneath as a chain mover who picks up key yardage after the catch due to him setting up the transition before the catch and his contact balance. Him and Travis Kelce will work there.
So that’s a lot of names in the room for 2022. The issue is that most of these guys won’t be back in 2023 unless extended or re-signed. Hardman hasn’t shown enough yet to inspire confidence for an extension, and neither has Smith-Schuster.
Deebo Samuel gives the Chiefs a three-level threat. He’s a quick accelerator who can help the deep passing game, but if the Chiefs adjust their offense, Samuel can dominate in the short and intermediate passing game and be a nightmare after the catch.
The Chiefs have the capital to offer the San Francisco 49ers what they’d want with two first and two seconds in this draft, and would make their offense downright insane for 2022 and beyond.