KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Kansas City Chiefs selected Western Michigan wide receiver Skyy Moore in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night, giving quarterback Patrick Mahomes a replacement for Tyreek Hill, then adding Cincinnati safety Bryan Cook to their new look defensive back.
The Chiefs sent the No. 50 pick to the Patriots to move back to the No. 54 and pick up an extra pick midway through the fifth round.
The goal was Moore, whose 5-foot-10 frame, 4.41 times in the 40s and blown off the line will remind some of Hill, the three-time All-Pro who Kansas City sent to Miami for a pack of drafts earlier in the low season .
The Patriots also took a wide receiver in Baylor’s Tyquan Thornton. And the two teams ahead of Kansas City also grabbed wide receivers: Pittsburgh took Georgia’s George Pickens and Indianapolis picked Cincinnati’s Alec Pierce.
Moore was the seventh wide receiver in the first 22 picks in the second round and the 13th in the draft.
He played quarterback and defensive back in high school before moving to wide receiver in Western Michigan, where he became an instant star. Despite never playing the position, Moore started 12 out of 13 games as a rookie and had 53 catches for 802 yards with three touchdowns, then improving those numbers each of the next two seasons.
He ended up catching 95 passes for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Broncos last season.
Chiefs began replacing Hill’s production in free agency, signing former Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and former Packers deep threat Marquez Valdes-Scantling. But the shifting, smooth Moore offers a different dynamic in the wide receiver space, giving Mahomes another goal that has the ability to make things happen after the catch.
The Chiefs spent their second pick in the second round on Cook, a hard-hitting safety that excels at stopping the race. He joins the other two selections in the first round of Kansas City – Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie and Purdue edge rusher George Karlaftis – in upgrading a defense that fought down the stretch and in the playoffs last season.
Chiefs, who lost All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu in free agency, signed former Texans safety Justin Reid earlier in the offseason. But he profiles himself as a strong safety, whereas Cook has the versatility to play free safety.
The Chiefs also have the 103rd pick in the third round Friday night. Their draft ends Saturday with one pick each in the fourth and fifth rounds and four more in the seventh round.
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