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Grading each of the Chiefs’ Day 3 draft picks

The Kansas City Chiefs are slated to make five selections on Day 3 of the 2023 NFL draft, assuming they don’t move around and trade away picks.

Below you will find reactions, grades and initial thoughts from our team of writers for each pick on Day 3:

Charles Goldman's grades:

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Conner is a unique player who offers the team a utility player for the defensive secondary. Last season he played over 250 snaps in the slot, over 250 snaps as a deep safety and over 100 snaps in the box. He also has a ton of value as a special teamer in the NFL.

There’s a lot to like about the athlete, but if I had one complaint, he misses far too many tackles. In the last three seasons, he’s missed no fewer than 13 tackles in a given season. That’s something that Steve Spagnuolo is going to want to work with him on at the next level.

Trading up to secure him in a poor safety class is a solid move, especially considering the Chiefs are due to receive some fifth-round compensatory draft picks in 2024. Make sure that you go and get your guy before someone else has a chance to.

Grade: B+

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Chamarri Conner will be an immediate special teams impact player. He can work as a gunner and jammer on punts and can be relied on to make tackles on kickoffs. It might be a bit before he makes an impact on defense but he has some potential with his size and length to be someone who can cover other “big guys” like tight ends. He can also make tackles in the backfield which is a plus.

Conner is a solid pickup, but I’m not sure it was necessary to trade up in the fourth round for him — I think he could have been taken later in the fourth or even the fifth. Plus, the Chiefs have more immediate needs like defensive tackle, so I would have liked to have seen a move there in the middle rounds instead.

Grade: C

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I like the selection of Chamarri Conner, although at No. 119 it seems like a little bit of a reach. Conner could be an immediate core special teams guy, which the Chiefs value more than most teams. He’s a freak athlete and can play all over the secondary.

Conner was a four-year starter and a team captain at Virginia Tech, so he brings a lot of experience and leadership qualities to the NFL. He’ll have the opportunity to develop under L’Jarius Sneed, and possibly replace him if K.C. doesn’t retain Sneed.

Grade: B-

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Chamarri Conner is a serviceably exciting selection by the Chiefs in the fourth round, and should provide the team with valuable depth in their secondary. Conner is athletic, but didn’t record an interception in 2022, and had a tendency to miss some tackles at the collegiate level.

Nonetheless, with time to develop as a member of Steve Spagnuolo’s defense, Conner could become a key presence for the team in the coming years if he can improve his game.

Grade: B

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Story originally appeared on Chiefs Wire