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De'Anthony Thomas provides the Chiefs the offensive weapon they need.
Round 3, Pick 87 - Phillip Gaines, CB
With rumors swirling that the Chiefs were shopping cornerback Brandon Flowers, drafting a cornerback to replace him made a lot of sense. When you consider the value the Chiefs received in Gaines at the end of the third round, it was nearly a no-brainer.
Gaines is 6'0" and 193 pounds, and he was a top performer in the 40-yard dash, 3-cone drill and short shuttle at the NFL combine, according to NFL.com. That type of athlete is rare and, with some development, can become a top-notch starter.
Cornerbacks do usually take some time to transition to the NFL, but so do wide receivers, which the Chiefs could have also considered with this pick. In the end, the value at cornerback was significantly better than it was at wide receiver.
Round 4, Pick 124 - De'Anthony Thomas, RB
The Chiefs didn't get a wide receiver in the draft, but they did get a versatile offensive playmaker in Thomas. Head coach Andy Reid can figure out ways to get the speedy player out of Oregon a few touches per game and also use him as a decoy.
Quarterback Alex Smith isn't going to be mistaken for a gunslinger anytime soon, so he needs as many athletes that can turn his short passes into big gains as possible. The Chiefs really only had Jamaal Charles who could do so last season.
Thomas will also play immediately on special teams. After losing wide receiver Dexter McCluster, there is an opening at punt returner. Thomas may also push to be the primary kick-return man, since his 5'9" frame will be harder for coverage teams to locate behind blockers.
Round 6, Pick 193 - Zach Fulton, OG
The Chiefs have been criticized for letting both of their top right guards—Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah—walk in free agency. The reality is that both of them received contracts that priced the Chiefs out of the market.
A player that can provide instant depth and potentially start down the line in the sixth round has to be considered a victory. At 6'5" and 316 pounds, Fulton has the frame of an NFL guard and only needs to work on his technique.
In his NFL.com draft profile, Fulton was described as a "coachable pleaser" and "good teammate." Those are the types of traits that appear to head coach Andy Reid—a former offensive line coach.
Round 6, Pick 200 - Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT
With their second pick in the fourth round, the Chiefs went with another developmental offensive tackle in Duvernay-Tardif from McGill University in Canada. Duvernay-Tardif is an intelligent player with NFL traits, but he'll need to learn how to play the NFL game that differs slightly from that in Canada.
Duvernay-Tardif is a fantastic athlete for his size and would have had some of the best times at the combine had he been invited. He's 6'5" and 321 pounds, which is an ideal size for an offensive tackle. If the Chiefs are patient with him, he can be a future starter.
Duvernay-Tardif is close to becoming a doctor, per CBSSports.com, which could have scared some teams away from him that were worried that he'd opt for a less physically punishing career. He wants to get into sports medicine, which is a pretty good sign he loves the game.