The Kansas City Chiefs offense is going to look a lot different during the 2022 season than it has in years past. While Patrick Mahomes is still under center, they are going to be without Tyreek Hill, who was traded to the Miami Dolphins for five draft picks this offseason.
Hill is one of the most unique and explosive players in the NFL. While he doesn’t possess the size of a prototypical No. 1 receiver, he is a handful to deal with because of his speed, quickness and athleticism.
Without Hill in the mix, the Chiefs are going to need other players to step up. There isn’t a single player that can replicate what Hill does, so it will take a total team approach to fill his shoes. Luckily, the front office was able to bring in some talented players to do so.
In free agency, Kansas City was able to sign JuJu Smith-Schuster away from the Pittsburgh Steelers and then followed it up by signing Marquez Valdes-Scantling away from the Green Bay Packers. But, the player that some people are most excited about is Skyy Moore.
Moore was selected with the 54th overall pick as he was part of a record-setting draft class for wide receivers. It was the highest that the Chiefs selected a wide receiver in the draft since they selected Jonathan Baldwin at No. 26 overall in 2011.
Kansas City is certainly hoping that things turn out better with Moore than Baldwin, who played two seasons with the Chiefs and one with the San Francisco 49ers before his career was over. One NFL scout that talked to NFL Analysis Network is expecting big things from Moore this season.
“If there was one wide receiver that the Chiefs needed to get in this draft, it was Skyy Moore. He is exactly the piece they needed to help replace Tyreek Hill. The additions of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling are nice, but I think Moore has a chance to be an even bigger impact player right off the bat.”
That is some high praise for the Western Michigan product. Andy Reid’s system is not an easy one to learn, as rookies will notoriously have a difficult time learning and adjusting to it. However, Moore has the skill set to succeed right away with excellent route running and good speed.
He should work right into the equation in the slot from Day 1, providing Mahomes another strong option to get the ball to. In his last season with the Broncos, Moore caught 95 passes for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns. Kansas City got themselves a good player to help replace what they lost in Hill.