Chiefs trade up to get Ole Miss' Breeland Speaks

Mississippi defensive tackle Breeland Speaks (9) waits for a snap during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Arkansas won 38-37. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
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DALLAS (WIBW) -- After sitting out the entire first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs just couldn't wait any longer to make their first pick.

In a swap with the Cincinnati Bengals, the Chiefs moved up eight spots to take Breeland Speaks, out of Ole Miss, with the 46th pick. he will play outside linebacker and then move inside in passing situations, Chiefs reporter BJ Kissel reports.

In the trade the Chiefs gave up their 54th and 78th picks, getting that 46th pick and the 100th in return.

Head Coach Andy Reid told Kissel the team was blown away by Speaks' performance when he visited their facility before the draft.

From CBS Sports:

Draft Prospect Outlook:

Strong, power edge-rusher / defensive tackle hybrid. High-energy player who can convert speed to power but isn't quick around the edge, mainly due to his weight. Displays effective swipe move and can anchor and disengage on run plays. Unspectacular but solid prospect.

College Recap:

Speaks was a four-star recruit out of Callaway High School in Jackson, Mississippi, who signed with Ole Miss in the 2014 class. He was redshirted in 2014, but made a splash when he hit the field in 2015. He played in every game and made two starts, recording 32 tackles, 5.5 TFLs and a sack.

His sophomore season in 2016 saw a slight decline in production (28 tackles, one sack, 1.5 TFLs), but he bounced back with a junior campaign in which he earned second-team All-SEC honors with 67 tackles and seven sacks. As Speaks' junior season progressed, there was no doubt he planned to leave the program a year early. He declared for the NFL Draft in January. -- David Johnson

The Chiefs would trade up again to the 75th pick, sending the 86th and 122nd pick to the Baltimore Ravens, and drafted defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi out of Florida State.

From CBS Sports:

Draft Prospect Outlook:

Wide, plus athlete who understands how to stack and shed blockers at the point of attack. Will make his money against the run. Flashed as a pass-rusher but needs to improve in that area.

College Recap:

Stout, strong and surprisingly quick, Derrick Nnadi established himself as one of college football’s top run stoppers in the past two seasons. The former 247Sports Composite four-star recruit from Virginia Beach, Va., was a three-year starter during his FSU career, earning All-ACC honors in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

With the final pick in the 3rd round of the Draft, the Chiefs picked Linebacker Dorian O'Daniel from Clemson.

From CBS Sports:

Draft Prospect Outlook:

Do-everything linebacker prospect with plus athleticism, play-recognition skills, and speed to the football. Can cover running backs and tight ends in space. Consistently beats and avoids blocks. Underrated linebacker primed to outperform is draft position..

College Recap:

The former high school running back redshirted his freshman season in 2013. A native of Olney, Md., O’Daniel had 31 tackles as well as a team-high 13 tackles on special teams his redshirt freshman season. He posted 32 tackles in 181 snaps and 15 games in 2015. O’Daniel started 10 of 15 games in 2016 at sam linebacker. Had 60 tackles in 479 snaps.

The fifth-year player was arguably Clemson’s defensive MVP in 2017. He played a team-high 727 snaps as the starting sam linebacker. O'Daniel rushed the passer 56 times and defended the run 324 times. He rarely came off the field in nickel situations and was often tasked with covering the opposition’s slot receiver downfield. He dropped into coverage 347 times and was targeted 45 times, giving up two touchdowns. O'Daniel had two pick-sixes, five sacks and 55 tackles. He had four tackles and one tackle for loss vs. Alabama in the Semifinal and was named second-team All-ACC. - Anna Hickey, Clemson247