With no Round 1 picks, Chiefs poised for crucial Day 2

The Chiefs expected to make defense a priority in the 2018 National Football League draft, and the club did just that, moving up in the second round to select MS defensive lineman Breeland Speaks.

The Chiefs did not have a first-round pick after trading it away last season to select quarterback Patrick Mahomes II.

Speaks is a defensive tackle.

Nnadi was projected to be a fourth or fifth round selection, but Kansas City chose to take the defensive tackle in the third round.

Nnadi, a 6-foot-1, 317-pounder from Virginia, was a three-year starter for the Seminoles. Speaks played across the defensive line at Ole Miss, and that versatility should come in handy as the Chiefs try to solve both of those issues. That means the Chiefs' first selection in this year's draft is expected to come at No. 54 overall, with a pair of third-round selections eight picks apart.

"While NFL teams may see an undersized 4-3 nose tackle with limited pass rush value, I see a player with good power at the point of attack who can dislodge from single blocks and make plays", Zierlein said.

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