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2018 NFL Draft: Could the Chiefs Add Another Running Back?
Kansas City Chiefs | 2 weeks ago

The Kansas City Chiefs might have the league's reigning rushing champion in second-year player Kareem Hunt, but that doesn't mean there isn't the possibility of adding talent to the position.

Although there's already a good amount of competition at the spot with former starter Spencer Ware working his way back from a season-ending knee injury suffered last preseason, plus Charcandrick West, who carved out a niche as a third-down back last year and has handled starting duties in the past when needed.

The team also signed former Miami Dolphins' running back Damien Williams this offseason.

Technically, the Chiefs have also drafted a running back in four of the last five years as both De'Anthony Thomas (2014) and Tyreek Hill (2016) were considered running backs in college. They join Hunt (2017) and Knile Davis (2013) in that group.

The Chiefs have a total of eight picks in this draft, and while running back may not seem obvious to everyone as an immediate need because of those guys listed above, this draft is considered one of the deepest in recent memory by most accounts at the position, and perhaps the value is just too strong to pass on one if they should fall to where the Chiefs pick.

All that said, here's a look at a few running backs available in this year's draft:

Ronald Jones - USC

Height: 5'11''

Weight: 205 lbs

Intriguing Stats: Jones finished tied for fifth in the country with 19 rushing touchdowns last season, adding 1,550 yards on 261 attempts (5.9 yards per carry). He has been compared to former Chiefs' standout Jamaal Charles by many.

Excerpt from Draft Profile at NFL.com, via Lance Zierlein:

"Jones is a classic slasher with the wiggle and explosiveness to elude open-field tacklers and then burst to chunks of yardage. Jones was a much more assertive runner in 2017 and improved upon areas of improvement from the 2016 season. Jones also has the ability to turn into a much more dangerous pass-catcher than we saw at USC...there will still be teams concerned with how many carries he can handle and how that affects his draft value. He's a big play talent with a chance to thrive at a high level wherever he lands."

Rashaad Penny - San Diego State

Height: 5'11''

Weight: 220 lbs

Intriguing Stats: Penny led the nation in rushing with 289 carries for 2,248 yards and 23 touchdowns last year for San Diego State.

Excerpt from Draft Profile at NFL.com, via Lance Zierlein:

"Volume-carry running back who plays with an active running style that rarely sees him slow his feet. Penny has the short-area foot quickness to create yardage for himself, but he doesn't really have the burst or long speed to be a homerun hitter. His motor gives him a chance to be a productive NFL starter, but he may lack the explosiveness to be a great back."

Kerryon Johnson – Auburn

Height: 5'11''

Weight: 213 lbs

Intriguing Stats: Johnson, who trains at the same Huntsville, Alabama gym as Chiefs' linebacker Reggie Ragland, had 1,391 yards on 285 carries last year, which was good for a 4.9 yards-per-carry average. He had 19 rushing touchdowns as well.

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