Chiefs attempt to shore up OL, add receiver and another corner on second day of NFL Draft
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs attempted to shore up a porous offensive line by selecting Mitch Morse from nearby Missouri with their second-round pick in Friday night’s NFL draft.
The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Morse played center and guard for the Tigers before shifting to right tackle in 2013 and left tackle last year. He could play any of those positions for the Chiefs, who lost center Rodney Hudson to free agency and need help elsewhere on the line.
The Chiefs then moved up four spots in the third round in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night to choose Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley.
Kansas City got the wide receiver it wanted with the No. 76 overall pick. The Vikings got the Chiefs’ original third-round pick, No. 80 overall, and a sixth-round choice in the trade.
The 6-foot-2, 213-pound Conley fills a massive need for the Chiefs, who signed Jeremy Maclin in free agency but had to cut Dwayne Bowe in a cash-saving move. Conley is known for his speed and athleticism, catching 36 passes for 657 yards and eight TDs last season.
Kansas City later added their second cornerback in the first three rounds of the NFL draft when they chose Oregon State’s Steven Nelson with the No. 98 overall pick. The 5-foot-10 Nelson had 60 tackles and two picks for the Beavers last season, rarely backing down from a tackle and showing a nose for the ball in run defense. Nelson can play a variety of roles, but may see time as the nickel back as a rookie.
In desperate need of defensive backfield help, the Chiefs previously chose Washington’s Marcus Peters in the first round Thursday night.