What We Saw: Round 1 of the NFL Draft
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Chiefs
Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a compact back at only 5’7 and 207 pounds. Playing for LSU last year, he made his mark in the passing game. He caught 55 balls in 15 games last season, proving himself an excellent route runner and someone with reliable hands. He is a capable runner, but it remains to be seen if he can handle a full rushing workload at the NFL level.
Homerun! This is as close to perfect as I’ll ever call a landing spot. Before the draft, here’s what I would have wanted for Clyde Edwards-Helaire: a talented young quarterback, a pass-happy offense, an obvious hole at running back, and a coach who can mold an offense to his strengths. That was the dream, and that’s exactly what CEH got. I don’t see how he doesn’t go with at least a sixth-round pick (I’m low-balling it here) in redraft. More realistically, CEH will go in the 2-4 range depending on how badly your league-mates fall in love with him. I would say there is a safe RB2 floor here and a ceiling of RB1.
Effect on New Team
For Patrick Mahomes, this is an absolute win. He has yet another weapon and a hole in the offense has hopefully been filled. For the other running backs, this is bad news. Damien Williams probably still has a role eating up carries to save wear and tear on CEH, but he is now the clear #2. Deandre Washington and Darwin Thompson–whatever they were worth–are complete afterthoughts save for injury ahead of them. For the wide receivers, Tyreek Hill should be mostly unaffected. I imagine Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman, and everyone else loses a few targets. For Chiefs fans, it’s time to get excited!