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South Carolina defensive back Rashad Fenton returns a kick against Massachusetts during the first half in 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina. The Chiefs drafted Fenton in the NFL draft on Saturday

Following the 2019 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs look forward to seeing their selections take the field this weekend.

“Some of these guys we are really excited to get into camp and I think we have a good list of guys,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said Monday. “We are excited about this draft class.”

The last three players drafted by the Chiefs were South Carolina cornerback Rashad Fenton, running back Darwin Thompson and Illinois guard Nick Allegretti.

The Chiefs selected Fenton in the sixth round at pick 201.

“We kind of had our eye on Fenton actually for a long time,” Veach said. “When we went through our draft board and put guys in different pockets, he was one of those guys we thought would be right around the five to seven range and we liked him in that spot.”

Veach said as soon as he got off the phone with Fenton on Saturday, the pursuit for Utah State’s Thompson began.

“We were kind of all like a little nervous there for those ten or 11 picks because that was the guy our eyes immediately went to,” Veach said.

At 5-foot-8 and 200 pounds, Thompson isn’t the biggest running back, but Veach said he is a tough one.

“Yards after contact for a small guy, it is really remarkable to see him always keep that ball forward and he is always finishing runs moving forward,” Veach said. “He can do some things out of the backfield. I think Coach Reid and the offensive staff are going to have a lot of fun with him.”

The Chiefs selected Allegretti in the seventh round.

“(Allegretti) is a guy we think has a really good shot to not only make the team but potentially fight for some playing time. His center tape was really what kind of caught our eye.”

A few names Veach mentioned in the undrafted class include Washington State running back James Williams, Toledo receiver Cody Thompson, Clemson corner Mark Fields, Princeton’s John Lovett, Middle Tennessee State’s Darius Harris and Old Dominion’s Tim Ward.

“All three of these guys we are really excited about. And when you add those guys with the three guys we had earlier and then a handful of these undrafted free agents, I think we have a strong rookie pool.”

The Chiefs opened the draft by selecting Georgia receiver Mecole Hardman in the second round. Kansas City added Virginia safety Juan Thornhill and Western Illinois defensive lineman Khalen Saunders in the third round.

Rookie minicamp will get underway Saturday and conclude Monday at the team’s training complex in Kansas City.

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