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How athletic are Kansas City Chiefs’ draft picks?

The Kansas City Chiefs have always valued athleticism in the NFL draft, but this year it seemed to be a huge emphasis alongside youth. The 2022 NFL draft class is no exception, bringing a new wave of elite athleticism to Kansas City.

Kent Lee Platte, also known as MathBomb on Twitter, the creator of Relative Athletic Score (RAS) has the Chiefs landing one of the most athletic classes in this draft. RAS is a composite grade given to players based on their official athletic testing scores ahead of the draft. The RAS average for the Chiefs’ 2022 draft class sits at 8.68, which is considered above the “elite” range. It comes in at No. 6 in the NFL behind the Falcons, Saints, Eagles, Lions and Colts.

Below you’ll find some insight into each player’s combine and pro day performances along with their RAS card:

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McDuffie skipped out on the agility testing, but his vertical jump, broad jump, and 40-yard dash place him among the elite athletes at the cornerback position in this draft class. I think the thing that is most surprising is the vertical jump, as McDuffie has just 29.75-inch arms. To jump a 38.5-inch vertical with that arm length, you’ve got to get up. That was done at his pro day, but had he done it at the combine, it would have been the fourth-best among cornerbacks.

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Karlaftis’ athleticism is about what you’d expect of it. He’s explosive, quick off the line, but he’s not known for his ability to change direction or bend. I think the most surprising thing here was the 21 repetitions of 225 on the bench press. He’s known as a bit of a weight room nut and that’s not a particularly great thing for him. His vertical jump landed him in the 91st percentile, so expect some batted passes at the next level.

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The speed and explosion are clearly there for Moore and I’d wager that his agility scores are a little deceiving. If you look at the film of what he’s able to do in short areas, you’ll understand why. He placed in the top-10 for this class in basically every event at the combine, with his 10-yard split (97th percentile) and broad jump (77th) percentile being the most impressive.

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Cook dealt with a shoulder injury that forced him to skip workouts at both the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine and his pro day. He gave reporters an update on that injury after he was selected by the Chiefs.

“Yeah, the shoulder is fine,” Cook told reporters. “I’m ready to go, coach!”

There are some concerns about his deep speed and many think that Cook is best suited for a role as a box safety and sub-package linebacker. He’s probably best matching up with tight ends and running backs as opposed to slot receivers in coverage.

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Chenal isn’t just the most athletic linebacker in the 2022 NFL draft, but he is one of the most athletic linebackers in NFL history. This guy hit benchmark numbers in practically every event at the combine and at his pro day. His vertical, broad jump and 40-yard dash all came in as 91st percentiles or higher. His athletic profile is remarkably similar to former Panthers LB Luke Keuchly.

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Williams was one of the few HBCU players invited to the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine and he was certainly a standout. He’s a long corner with great speed as evidenced by his GPS time at the Senior Bowl. He was clocked at 21.75 MPH during one practice and

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Kinnard is probably the weakest athlete in the Chiefs’ draft class, but that’s not exactly surprising. Offensive linemen are rarely the craziest of athletes. While his explosion and agility scores are poor, he has decent long speed and a solid 10-yard split, which is what you want out of offensive linemen.

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Watson is about as solid of an athlete as you could hope to land in the seventh round. His size and explosion are among the best in this cornerback class, but his speed and agility are just average. He’s surprisingly strong too, having benched 18 repetitions of 225. That number led all cornerbacks at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine.

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Pacheco is extremely explosive and fast for his size. His 4.37s 40-yard dash came in the 95th percentile among running backs. He instantly becomes the best athlete at the position on the team.

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Johnson is undersized, but one of the more impressive athletes that the Chiefs landed. He wasn’t invited to the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine, so all of his numbers come from the pro day circuit. Had he been at the combine, he would have been among the top-testing players in attendance.

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