MECOLE HARDMAN

Round 2, No. 56

WIDE RECEIVER, Georgia

The Kansas City Chiefs traded up from No. 63 to No. 56 in order to snag Hardman, a player who has a lot of potential and could make an impact right away.

Hardman’s first season with the Chiefs may look very similar to his first season with the Georgia Bulldogs. As a top-50 prospect, the wide receiver primarily played on special teams during his first season. He recorded 11 total touchdowns for Georgia, two of which were rushing touchdowns. He also tallied 950 total receiving yards and 97 rushing yards during his time in his home state.

Hardman has also spent much of his time during the offseason working behind Tremon Smith on special teams, who was the Chiefs’ leading kick returner last season.

“Watching him in college, you could see the burst and the explosiveness after he catches the ball and separates from quality players,” said Dave Toub, assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, in May. “We feel like he can do the same thing here at this level.”

JUAN THORNHILL

Round 2, No. 63

DEFENSIVE BACK, Virginia

Thornhill showed his versatility as a defensive back in college. Primarily a safety, he showed plenty of capability of playing as a corner, as well.

In his time at Virginia, Thornhill totaled 140 solo tackles and 13 interceptions.

“So (defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo) loved the flexibility that (Thornhill) gives you,” Reid said after drafting Thornhill. “I compare him to the Honey Badger (Tyrann Mathieu) where you are going to feel comfortable moving him around a little bit. So, if you get into a matchup game you can kind of play that game with these guys.”

KHALEN SAUNDERS

Round 3, No. 84

DEFENSIVE LINE, Western Illinois

A Missouri native, Saunders was a key defensive tackle for the Bulldogs through his four seasons. He had 18 sacks and 127 solo tackles. He was named to the Missouri Valley All-Conference first team as a defensive linemen in 2017 and 2018.

“To get Saunders to fall to (round 3), we were really surprised that he was still on the board — he was a guy that was in the mix at 63,” Chiefs general Manager Brett Veach said after the first day of the NFL Draft. “We looked at that defensive line right after the draft and we were all smiling.”

RASHAD FENTON

Round 6, No. 201

CORNERBACK, South Carolina

Fenton has a lot of potential for the Chiefs thanks to his experience playing in several different styles. In his four seasons with the Gamecocks, Fenton recorded 95 solo tackles. He also made several appearances on special teams during his first three seasons, going for 646 yards on 26 attempts.

“Fenton is a smart football player that has played all the different techniques,” said David Hinson, the Chiefs’ area scout, after Fenton was drafted. “And that’s what (Spagnuolo) is great for: he mixes things up, so you don’t really know what you are getting.”

DARWIN THOMPSON

Round 6, No. 214

RUNNING BACK, Utah State

After only a year at the Division I level, Thompson declared for the NFL Draft. He spent two years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College before becoming the fourth all-time leader with 16 total touchdowns in a single season. All but two of those TDs were rushing, tying him for sixth all-time for rushing touchdowns.

“He is almost a little bit of a change of pace from what we have, which is nice,” said Trey Koziol, KC’s national scout, after Thompson was drafted. “He is obviously a little bit undersized, but in terms of his twitch and his burst, kind of that change of pace guy that can make moves in space. He is a big-play threat.”

NICK ALLEGRETTI

Round 7, No. 216

OFFENSIVE LINE, Illinois

The Chief’s final pick balanced out the draft class for three offensive players and three defensive players. Allegretti, a guard for the Illini, was the No. 3 rated guard in the nation by Pro Football Focus and allowed only one quarterback hit in his final season.

““His best tape was at guard because he’s just a big, physical, mauler type guy,” said Terry Delp, a Chiefs area scout, after Allegretti was drafted. “He’s really fun to watch, he gets after it, plays football hard, but he is athletic enough and versatile enough — you saw it in the East West (Game) — to play center and he did a really good job at it.”