Chiefs GM Brett Veach explains why he did not trade out of 31st pick, hints Jerick McKinnon deal imminent


There was a lot of speculation heading into the NFL Draft on whether or not the Kanass City Chiefs would trade out of the 31st pick before ultimately sticking with the pick and seleting Kansas State defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah.

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach joined KCSP on Monday and said that the team did receive some calls to move back but did not want to take the risk on missing out on the pass rusher.

“We kinda had Felix at a 25-40 prospect,” Veach said. “He was a guy that we were hoping he would be there. We didn’t move up and stayed there at 31…it’s one of those things that if you move back and not getting the guy you want, you’re gonna find yourself in the same window tomorrow.”


Veach believed that picks 38, 40 and 42 is where they had offers to move back.

“If the guy goes 33, 34 and you’re sitting there at 38 I don’t think you accomplish what you’re trying to do,” Veach added.

Another interesting thing to note was that the Chiefs did not draft a running back (although they signed undrafted free agent Deneric Prince of Tulsa, but Veach revealed a deal to bring back Jerick McKinnon could be done “soon.”

“We have a great relationship with Jerick and I wouldn’t be surprised if something gets done soon here with him,” Veach said. ”That’s a really good room. Those guys really complement each other well. Isiah [Pacheco] came in last year and kinda took the league by storm and had a breakout year. Clyde’s a guy who came into the building today and looks like he’s in great shape and we know what he can do when he’s healthy. And Jerick, again, I wouldn’t be surprised if we were to figure something out here soon.”

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