Instant analysis of Chiefs’ seventh-round draft picks

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The Kansas City Chiefs made three selections in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL draft, adding Washington State CB Jaylen Watson, Rutgers RB Isaih Pacheco, Marshall S Nazeeh Johnson.

Below you can find our instant analysis of each of the three selections:

243: Washington State CB Jaylen Watson

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Brett Veach is really staying true to the board and going for value here regardless of position. Watson marks the third cornerback the Chiefs have selected in this class. There is, of course, the old NFL adage that you can never have too many cornerbacks.

Watson is a tall, outside cornerback who thrives in press coverage. After transferring from a junior college, he became a two-year starter with the Cougars. Some people valued him ahead of the draft as a Day 2 pick. It’s possible that Watson is more pro-ready than the cornerback the Chiefs took back in Round 4, but I’m not sure the ceiling is quite as high.

251: Rutgers RB Isaih Pacheco

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Late in the draft, it’s certainly a good idea to bet on athleticism. Pacheco was one of the best athletes at the running back position in the 2022 NFL draft. Brett Veach mentioned there is someone coming out of the seventh round who could be a 1000-yard rusher. Pacheco hasn’t quite shown that ability in his college career, but I think the ability to be a contributor is certainly there. At the very worst, you’re looking at a multi-phase special teams contributor.

259: Marshall S Nazeeh Johnson

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Just like the pick prior, this is Brett Veach betting on athleticism. Johnson is a bit undersized, but he’s one of the better athletes at the free safety position in this draft class.

The Chiefs have a lot of safety depth, but a player like Johnson could surprise on special teams and make his way onto the roster as a backup.

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