If you were to keep 12 picks in the NFL Draft (as Kansas City Chiefs were like in the first half when they opened Thursday night), it is impossible to imagine and play either side. Under the direction of General Manager Brett Veach, the Chiefs tried to do just that.
As it turned out, they failed. And that was a very good thing.
“It’s our first choice, it’s funny because, every year, we do what we think we do [is] whatever is possible, and we have not gone through what McDuffie did, “Veach laughed at his press conference after Round 1.
The “McDuffie scenario,” as the general manager put it, was a Washington-backed Trent McDuffie fall until the 20th century – and to put it bluntly, the No. 1 pick. 21. Prior to the start, Veach had revealed that the Kansas City human resources department had identified 18 real players for the first tournament. McDuffie was one of them.
Believing that a player of his type is not available at pick 29, Veach called the New England Patriots, who were ready to switch 21 out of 29, one for two Chiefs players and one for four of their players. Veach wrote to her husband.
“When you move, you treat the boy you are with [first-round] different, so we were able to do this, “Veach said.” I think we were aggressive to some extent it shows [and] I raised your hand to what you thought of McDuffie. We thought he was one of those players, which is why we moved. ”
Veach phoned the 21-year-old to inform him of the good news. It was more than the players waiting to hear.
“My family is big,” McDuffie said, speaking to local Kansas City via Zoom media after Round 1. “I feel like we’re the closest family ever to, so at the time of writing, I wanted to make sure my aunt, uncle, grandparents. my – just everyone was there, everyone who helped me grow up the whole time of my football game was able to enjoy me this moment.When I got the call, I saw Kansas City Chiefs, and I was like, ‘Wait. Let me out.’ Talking to teacher Reid, talking to Spagnuolo, talking to Hunt’s family, and all of a sudden my family started screaming. And I said, ‘Wait. What do I need here? What’s going on?’ I ran inside and of course, my name came out of the window, and everyone started screaming.
“I was like, ‘Give it to me again, teacher. It could take a minute or two. When I get a chance to talk to you all, I’ll let you know.’ To be honest, it was a really fun time – just having time to spend with my family, so it was fun to be with them. ”
Veach confirmed that the Kings have never been with McDuffie to Kansas City for a visit because when it comes to certain expectations, it is not necessary. McDuffie said the Chiefs welcomed him to negotiate with him at Scouting Combine, but it did not happen.
The team did not see an opportunity to be around pick number 29 … at 29.
“I think we were committed to being violent, and if a player like Trent McDuffie is there, ‘Hey, let’s move on to take him because he’s good,'” Veach said. “It probably wouldn’t have happened at the age of 29. We were surprised he was there when we selected him and New England, but I think it was our opinion, and we just followed the process.”
Buffalo Bills were elected to elect No. 25, and Veach felt the Chiefs should go ahead of them if they were to defend McDuffie.
“[Derek] Stingley and Sauce [Gardner] went upstairs, and we had a group of corners there, “Veach began.
Bills originally had No. 25 voted but switched to 23 to take Kaiir Elam from Florida.
“We knew it was coming,” Veach said. “We called on the parties – I hope the former and the nominees – on the New England business, to put themselves in the position. very much, so we just thought it was a good time to do it. ”
Copying his game after the well-known name
McDuffie weighs in at 5 feet 11 and 193 pounds, which some would say is almost or a little less in the first round round. But under pressure from this, head coach Andy Reid did not appear to be worried.
“He’s big enough, and he’s played with great receivers and done a great job,” Reid said. “We thought his size was good there.”
As a three-year stint in Washington, McDuffie made 94 tackles (71 individually), with eight defenses, including two. Describing himself as a defender and not just a defender, McDuffie made a name for himself in his first press conference which many Chiefs fans are familiar with.
“I see myself as a Tyrann Mathieu man,” he said of the 5-foot-9 All-Pro, “a man who can just go in and play for a variety of roles and just help. Team but I can. with the idea, ‘But I can get into the arena – and still be able to help this team,’ and do all I can to do it, so I know the organization has a good defensive attitude, so honestly, I’m really happy to be in the team. ”
McDuffie has been showcasing his football career from the former Chief since the days when he was seen as a college player.
“Growing up, watching the shooting, Tyrann Mathieu at LSU – he was one of the few non-greats,” McDuffie continued. “[Mathieu] he wasn’t very fast, but he always just made a play. And that’s something I always try to do in my game – I’m just a person who just shines through the window. Did you know? Just be the person who always stays close to the ball because I am a football player, and I want to make the best of my team. So just look at Tyrann Mathieu and see how he became a leader, how he acted, how he played the game – the stability and the heart he gave is something I could look up to and try to imitate in my game. ”
A similar episode of Mathieu in his play must have translated the film.
“Trent is a person who can come here on Day 1,” Veach said. “He used the right approach, a very good player, a three-year-old, a three-year-old, and that was the part we wanted to tackle.”
McDuffie has moved into the back room that Charvarius Ward lost to the San Francisco 49ers this season – and as a result, he needs to go deeper. With the corners following L’Jarius Sneed becoming Rashad Fenton and Deandre Baker, starting as an outside corner on Day 1 it looks like he could be the Chiefs hope.
Given the lack of initial communication with the Chiefs, it all came as a surprise to McDuffie. However, the call was well received.
“When I received the call, it was like, ‘Ha! Kansas City? These are dope. ‘”
One of the words on the other line was defender Steve Spagnuolo.
“He just told me so well, of course, ‘Good. Happy to have it [you]. ‘”Recalled McDuffie. “We didn’t talk much because – yes – the night went crazy. But I’m glad to go meet him [Friday]. I’m happy to sit down, start learning this defense, start learning about how to help the team. And I mean, going forward, shooting. I’m ready to go tomorrow … I’m just ready to play football by this time.
“Preparations are over, I now have a team, so I’m ready to jump in there, have a team and start building bonds.”