Kansas City Chiefs Among Super Bowl Betting Favorites After NFL Draft

Kansas City Chiefs Among Super Bowl Betting Favorites After NFL Draft
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The Kansas City Chiefs did their best to plug any holes from last year’s 12-5 squad during the NFL Draft, keeping them among the Super Bowl favorites.

The Chiefs, who have made the playoffs in seven straight seasons under legendary coach Andy Reid, managed to land a pair of first-round picks during this year’s draft.

The team’s two first rounders, in Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie and Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis, fit an established franchise pattern.

Both McDuffie and Karlaftis can add to a lengthy legacy at their respective positions to be taken in the first round by the Chiefs dating back to 1966, while Western Michigan receiver Skyy Moore adds an explosive element to the team’s passing game as a second-round selection. 

Chiefs History With Cornerbacks in First Round

NameYearPick No.Pro Bowls
🏈 Marcus Peters2015183
🏈 Eric Berry201055
🏈 Jerome Woods1996281
🏈 Dale Carter1992204
🏈 Gary Green1977104
🏈 Jim Marsalis1969232

McDuffie, taken with the 21st pick, should allow the Chiefs to get younger at the cornerback position, replacing outgoing starter Charvarius Ward, who KC lost during free agency.  

It’s also the second time the Chiefs have picked a Washington Husky CB in the draft, last doing so in 2015 with Marcus Peters, who KC grabbed with the 18th pick of that year’s draft.  

As for cornerbacks, McDuffie joins a list that includes Peters (2015), Eric Berry (2010), Jerome Woods (1996), Dale Carter (1992), Gary Green (1977), and Jim Marsalis (1969).

Here’s a breakdown of the Chiefs’ draft picks in 2022.

Chiefs History With Defensive Ends in First Round

NameYearPick No.Pro Bowls
🏈 Tyson Jackson200930
🏈 Tamba Hall2006205
🏈 Neil Smith198826
🏈 Mike Bell197920
🏈 Art Still197824
🏈 Gene Trosch1967240
🏈 Aaron Brown1966 6

Karlatis, taken with the 30th pick, becomes the first defensive end to be chosen by the Chiefs in the opening round since Tyson Jackson, who was the third overall pick in 2009.  

Before that, Kansas City picked defensive ends Tamba Hall (2006), Neil Smith (1988), Mike Bell (1979), Art Still (1978), Gene Trosch (1967) and Aaron Brown (1966) in the first round of their respective draft classes.

Who the Chiefs Picked in the 2022 NFL Draft

  • Round 1 (21st overall): Trent McDuffie (Washington CB)
  • Round 1 (30th overall): George Karlaftis (Purdue DE)
  • Round 2 (54th overall): Skyy Moore (Western Michigan WR)
  • Round 2 (62nd overall): Bryan Cook (Cincinnati safety)
  • Round 3 (103rd overall): Leo Chenal (Wisconsin linebacker)
  • Round 4 (135th overall): Joshua Williams (Fayetteville State University CB)
  • Round 5 (145th overall): Darian Kinnard (Kentucky offensive lineman)
  • Round 7 (243rd overall): Jaylen Watson (Washington State CB)
  • Round 7 (251st overall): Isiah Pacheco (Rutgers RB)
  • Round 7 (259th overall): Nazeeh Johnson (Marshall safety)

The Chiefs added 10 players overall in the seven-round 2022 draft, including three cornerbacks and two safeties.

Chiefs Among Super Bowl LVII Favorites After Draft

TeamSuper Bowls oddsConf. title oddsDivision odds
Buffalo Bills+650 +330 -175
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+700 +350 - 280
Los Angeles Rams+1000 +450 +125
Green Bay Packers+1000 +500 -175
Kansas City Chiefs+1000 +550 +160
San Francisco 49ers+1400 +700 +205
Los Angeles Chargers+1600 +850 +250
Denver Broncos+1600 +850 +250
Dallas Cowboys+1700 +750 -110
Cleveland Browns+1700 +900 +175

The Chiefs are in the consensus top 5 as a Super Bowl favorite behind the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tied with the defending champion L.A. Rams and Green Bay Packers.

But with no Missouri sports betting, Kansas City fans will have to go to neighboring states Illinois, Arkansas, Iowa and soon Kansas to place those wagers.

The state's sports betting bill, HB 2502, which cleared the House by a 115-33 margin March 24, is in serious danger after Republican Sen. Danny Hoskins and other members of the upper chamber protested the bill’s failure to add video lottery terminals into the legislation.

Kansas City is +1000 to win the Super Bowl and +160 to win the AFC West.

It appears Patrick Mahomes and company are in good shape to contend for the franchise’s second Super Bowl in the last half-decade come 2022.



Christopher Boan is a lead writer for BetMissouri.com, specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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