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11 most realistic targets for Chiefs in Round 1 of the 2024 NFL draft

The Kansas City Chiefs will have to wait until the last pick of Round 1 to make their first selection in the 2024 NFL draft.

Barring a trade-up, the Chiefs will have the last choice on Day 1 of the draft for the second straight year.

As such, the defending Super Bowl champions are likely to see some of their favorite prospects come off the board well before they are on the clock with the No. 32 selection.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. Kansas City has a penchant for finding value in every round, and while the top players won’t fall all the way to the end of the first round, the Chiefs should have plenty of options when their name comes up on Thursday night.

Check out this list of the most realistic prospects that Kansas City could select with the No. 32 pick:

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McKinstry is a gifted athlete who could immediately help the Chiefs fill the hole on their depth chart left by the departure of L’Jarius Sneed. He is expected to be selected near the end of the first round or early in the second and may be a target for Kansas City if he is available at pick No. 32.

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Robinson is the least likely player on this list to be available at the Chiefs’ first selection, but if he falls to pick No. 32, the Penn State pass rusher should be Kansas City’s top option. With a quick burst off the line and strength to spare, Robinson is as close to a sure thing as the Chiefs will be able to get at the end of Round 1.

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McConkey has been linked to the Chiefs since experts started analyzing the 2024 draft class. The Georgia receiver has great long speed, sure hands, and runs exceptional routes. He is projected to come off the board in the 30-40 range, and may be the most logical choice for Kansas City on Day 1.

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Rakestraw is another cornerback who could make an immediate impact for Kansas City as a rookie. Few defenders in this class are more accomplished in coverage, and Rakestraw’s selection by the Chiefs would be popular with plenty of fans in mid-Missouri.

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Fiske has been flying up draft boards since his outstanding performance at the 2024 NFL Combine and may find his way into the first round if he caught the attention of the Chiefs in Indianapolis. While Kansas City doesn’t necessarily need to take a defensive lineman early, Fiske’s talent may be too much for the Chiefs to pass on.

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Suamataia is likely to fall into the second round unless Kansas City decides to take a swing on him with the No. 32 selection. A BYU product, Suamataia is sure to be on Andy Reid’s radar and may sneak into the first round if the long-tenured head coach decides to pound the table for him.

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Legette has been mocked to the Chiefs in the second round but is another prospect who could go earlier than some experts have predicted. There has been talk of other teams’ interest in Legette growing in recent weeks, and if Kansas City wants to ensure its chance to land him, it may have to be with the Chiefs’ first pick.

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Robinson is the second Mizzou prospect on this list and could be a hotter commodity than Rakestraw in the first round. An elite sack-master, Robinson’s production in 2023 was nothing short of incredible and could have put him on the Chiefs’ radar as the team prepares to compete for a championship three-peat next season.

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Brett Veach could look to continue assembling the Chiefs’ line around Oklahoma products by selecting Guyton at No. 32. If Kansas City takes him in Round 1, Guyton will join Wanya Morris and Creed Humphrey as the newest member of the Chiefs’ front five.

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Morgan would be a logical choice for Kansas City in the first round and is likely to be available when the Chiefs are on the clock on Day 1. Though he isn’t the most polished tackle prospect in the 2024 class, Morgan is likely to be a starter as a rookie and may be the best player available at Kansas City’s first selection.

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Wilson is the ultimate dark horse for Kansas City in this draft. Even as other linebackers on the Chiefs’ roster have proven their mettle, the loss of Willie Gay Jr. in free agency could spur Brett Veach to target prospects who could fill his role in the middle of Steve Spagnuolo’s defense.

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