NFL Draft 2022: WR Skyy Moore selected after Chiefs GM Brett Veach’s first trade-down

More than a month after the Kansas City Chiefs made the franchise-altering move to trade wide receiver Tyreek Hill, the team’s supporters were quite eager to hear a wide receiver in the NFL Draft.

That energy was sustained all the way through Round 1 (as the Chiefs took two defensive players), spilling into Day 2 and Round 2.

That ‘s when the unthinkable happened.

With Georgia’s George Pickens still on the board, Brett Veach made the first one trade-down of his general managing career.

“It was exciting,” Veach said with a smile in his post-day 2 press conference. “I told Clark (Hunt) – Everything checked off of my to-do list, and the only thing left was a trade-down, so it was a special moment, and we took a little time to celebrate that.”

For the second straight day, the Chiefs found a trade partner in the New England Patriots, this time giving them their pick at No. 50 and moving back four slots to No. 54 while gaining a fifth-rounder.

“We were in the mindset that if we could get a fifth-round pick and be active [Saturday] In between 4 and 7, that would be something we’d be interested in, “explained Veach. “It kind of worked out perfectly where we were cool with a small move – nothing crazy – and it just made sense.”

Three of the next four picks were receivers – the Patriots selected Baylor’s Tyquan Thorton, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected pickens, and the Indianapolis Colts selected Cincinnati’s Alec Pierce.

Left on the board was Western Michigan’s Skyy Moore, who took the Chiefs with pick no. 54.

“It was a nice setup for us to move down four spots, get that fifth-round pick [for Saturday] And then to get a guy in Skyy Moore that we would obviously have taken there at 50, “Veach said. “It worked out, and you have to hold your breath there. They’re going to begging me to trade back all the time now, so that’s a good and a bad thing, I guess, all at once. “

“I get paired with the best quarterback in football.”

Veach picked up the phone and called Moore, who was waiting to hear from him at quite the draft partyGeneral Chat Chat Lounge

“Skyy is unique,” said Veach, now describing the 5-foot-10, 195-pound receiver. “He’s smaller, but he plays bigger. He has longer arms. He was a running back that transited to wideout. It was funny watching his tape because it seemed like we were watching it forever until he dropped a pass. His ball skills are great. He can get off press coverage. He plays big enough where you can use him on the outside, utilize him on the inside, got a great run after the catch, great kid. Smart. Pick up an offense real quick. “

Moore is not as fast as Hill, coming in just with a 4.41 40-yard dash, but the Chiefs fell in love with his reliability, which seems to be a staple among his new pass-catchers.

The Chiefs also appreciate his ability to absorb instruction, a key as a receiver entering the Andy Reid offense.

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“He’s dependable,” said assistant general manager Mike Borgonzi. “He’s going to run the right routes. He’s going to run them right, and he’s going to catch the ball. I think that’s the one thing you always stress with the wide receivers – the first thing is catch the football. And that’s the one thing that holds out with Skyy is any opportunity – contested catches, he was catching the football. And for a guy who is undersized, he was fearless coming across the middle. So all of those things kind of held us out and we felt as though he was going to be a really productive player in our offense. “

“Tyreek was just a super versatile, obviously super fast guy,” said Moore when asked about the inevitable comparison to the former Chief. “[He] Just was able to spark for that offense when you needed it. I feel really honestly like I can come in and take that same role but just have my own twist on it. And to be the best teammate I can be. ”

Moore’s best fit may be working in the slot, accumulating yards after the catch. In his final year in college football, he had 95 receptions for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Veach believes he brings something different to the table than Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Mecole Hardman and JuJu Smith-Schuster.

“I think there are times that maybe you’re looking for something, but we have guys like MVS that have some size and speed,” explained Veach. “Mecole has speed. JuJu’s big, so I feel like we have a good combination, and now we just want to add the best player regardless of size or height – just guys that we feel are going to be able to come in and contribute right away. Certainly, Skyy’s one of those guys. “

Moore appreciates the room he is entering – not just because of his fellow receivers but also the quarterback. The Western Michigan product explained that it could be joining the National Football League.

“I feel like he’s the best quarterback in football,” Moore said of Patrick Mahomes. “He’s the best quarterback in the football right now. Like I said, it ‘s a blessing to just be able to be on that team. There are 32 teams in the NFL, and I get paired with the best quarterback in football. It’s just a blessing. “

The funny thing is Moore never expected to hear from the Chiefs, as he was more aggressively pursued by the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars. Moore had spoken to the Chiefs at the Scouting Combine but didn’t necessarily feel he would land in Kansas City.

“It was really just the normal conversation,” he recalled. “It made sense. I always knew the pick would make sense. But it was never any special treatment from the Chiefs … they weren’t pressing me as hard as the Zoom call or the visits and everything. I say now it ‘s a blessing to be a part of such a great organization. ”

All along, the Chiefs wanted the player – a former running back who showed nice progress the last three years as he learned the receiver position.

“It’s impressive to see what he’s done here in the past three seasons,” Borgonzi added. “He had a monster year last year … The one thing you just see with him – he’s dependable. He’s a really smooth route runner – gets in and out of his breaks really quick and he’s going to be a really good asset to this offense. “

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