Kansas City Chiefs select Clyde Edwards-Helaire in 2020 NFL Draft: Grading the pick

The rich get richer as the Kansas City Chiefs added a dynamic back in Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the 2020 NFL Draft to complete their stellar offense.

The reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs looked toward the 2020 NFL Draft to add to their plethora of riches. Sure, they could have added to their defense, they need the help. But they needed a running back who could do-it-all. With the No. 32 pick, the Chiefs selected LSU Tigers running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

At 5-7, 207 pounds, the only negative about Edwards-Helaire is his size. But don’t let that fool you. The former LSU Tiger is an amazing athlete who can play on every down. He’s a tenacious runner with excellent short-are quickness and vision. He’s a patient runner with a high football IQ and understands how to utilize his lineman.

Thanks to his low center of gravity, he’s tough to bring down with arm tackles. However, he had a broad array of moves he uses to make guys miss. His contact balance is second to none ad he isn’t afraid to deliver the final blow. Despite his size, he runs tough and he always looking to fight for extra yards. Moreover, he’s a reliable receiver out of the backfield who can line up in the slot.

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For the Chiefs, he doesn’t have to have the pressure of carrying the load. They have Damien Williams to help take off some of the pressure. Thanks to their wide-open offense and the threat of Patrick Mahomes, he’ll rarely see eight in the box. Given how creative Edwards-Helaire is a runner and the team he’s playing for, he could be in the conversation for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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Most mock drafts had him going high in the second round but the Chiefs looked past his height. Now, they have a smaller version of Kareem Hunt. The Chiefs will once again dominate the competition this time they’ll have a complete backfield and another Weapon X in Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

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