NFL Draft Pick No. 29: Kansas City Chiefs – Treylon Burks, Wide Receiver, Arkansas
The Kansas City Chiefs have replaced Tyreek Hill and an improving Byron Pringle for JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The former has regressed every season he’s been in the league, and the other is a mediocre receiver despite playing with Aaron Rodgers his whole career.
So, obviously, the Chiefs need an upgrade given they play in a division that doesn’t really have any weak teams. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is amazing, but even he needs help.
Luckily, this is a good receiving class.
Treylon Burks had a strong year for Arkansas with 66 receptions for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns along with 14 rushes for 112 yards and an additional touchdown. He’s a sure-handed receiver who plays tough football. Despite being 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, Burks routinely lined up in the slot and was used in open spaces where he’s difficult to bring down.
Burks isn’t a speedy receiver by any means, and his ability to separate is a bit questionable. His combine performance did nothing to allay those concerns, and while a 4.55 40-yard time is fine for his size, his substandard performance in the agility tests shoehorns him as a possession receiver only.
But as far as possession receivers go, Burks is definitely a good receiver. He’s not the dynamic threat Hill was for Kansas City, but he would go a long way toward restocking the Chiefs’ weapons at receiver.