Kansas City GM Brett Veach shares his biggest regrets from his illustrious Draft performance

The Chiefs have won three Super Bowls in the last five seasons under GM Brett Veach. A lot of things have gone right for the Chiefs in recent years, with some of their success coming from having the right people in the right places. Although they did win a Super Bowl last season, the team wasn’t exactly the most dominant. And the GM admitted that that could have possibly been a mistake on his part.

During the regular season, Mahomes had to carry most of the offense himself, with the o-libe being inconsistent at times and downright mediocre at other times. The Chiefs lost multiple games due to mistakes caused by the receiving corps. Kansas’ offensive struggles were glaringly obvious to even the most casual football fans last year. But could this have been avoided if they hadn’t passed on DK Metcalf in 2019?

As Veach himself admits, the Chiefs missed an opportunity when they didn’t draft Metcalf. He revealed on “Kevin Harvick’s Happy Hour.”:

“Sometimes you don’t take guys and fans make the mock drafts, and they go through them years later and say, ‘We should have taken this guy or that guy.'” Veak said. “But at the time, a player could disappear from your board because you had character problems or an injury. I think looking back on DK, there were areas we weren’t sure about, but none that might have prompted us to bypass (him). I think this is a player who stands out.”

Metcalf has emerged as one of the best receivers in the league since the Seattle Seahawks drafted him in 2019. Since then, he has received Pro Bowl honors twice and posted over 1,000 receiving yards. However, can we complain too much about this one miss, considering the Chiefs just won two straight Super Bowls?

What did Veach see in Mahomes in 2017?

Two years before Veach transferred DK Metcalf, he made a risky choice that continues to pay off big time today. The Chiefs traded up and selected Mahomes with the No. 10 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, making him the starter the following year. Veach said:

“We knew Pat was very talented, could make any throw that was asked of him, super athletic, smart, but (he) didn’t have a lot of experience with some of the things in the NFL blitz package.”

So the strategy was to let Mahomes learn the ropes from Alex Smith and then put him in charge when the time was right. Veach said:

“It was just a great setup that we had and we thought we could bring Pat here and let him learn the game and see him, not only through the eyes of Coach (Andy) Reid, but through the eyes of Alex Smith. “

Mahomes passed for 50 touchdowns in his first season as a full-time starter, but he hasn’t surpassed the 41-touchdown mark in any regular season since. It can be assumed that this wouldn’t have been the case if he had Metcalf, I’m his corner. But hindsight is 20/20 and as Veach himself noted, big misses help you grow.