KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs signed second-round draft pick Breeland Speaks to his four-year rookie contract Thursday, making him the third of their six draft selections to sign a deal.
Kansas City did not have a first-round pick this year after trading it away last year to move up and select quarterback Patrick Mahomes II. So, new general manager Brett Veach waited until the 46th overall pick to grab Speaks, who is expected to bolster the Chiefs' weak pass rush this season.
Speaks played three seasons at Ole Miss, where he had 121 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and nine sacks. But the Chiefs hope his production will increase now that he can focus on outside linebacker.
The Chiefs needed help there even before parting with veteran Tamba Hali this offseason.
- Chiefs sign top draft pick Speaks to rookie contract
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- Titans agree to terms with top draft pick Jeffery Simmons
- Boyd signs free agent contract with Rockies
- Ole Miss' Breeland Speaks declares for NFL Draft
- Patterson to miss rookie season with Colts
- Sweat skipping NFL Draft
- Schaefer signs four-year contract extension with Bulldogs
- Les Miles signs 5-year contract to coach Kansas
- Spurs sign Quinndary Weatherspoon to two-way contract