2022 NFL Draft: 5 Under-The-Radar WRs the Chiefs Should Target to Replace Tyreek Hill

The Kansas City Chiefs trading Tyreek Hill couldn’t have been on many people’s bingo cards in the 2022 offseason. The three-time All-Pro wide receiver is now a member of the Miami Dolphins, stripping Patrick Mahomes of one of his favorite weapons. Hill’s departure forces the front office to turn to free agency, the trade market, and the NFL draft to find a replacement.

Making up for the loss of Hill certainly won’t be easy. He’s one of the most dangerous playmakers in the NFL and has been consistently productive in the Chiefs offense. The West Alabama product recorded 479 receptions for 6,630 receiving yards and 56 touchdowns in six seasons.

It’s unfair to expect that type of production from young players, but the upcoming class features several guys who enjoyed productive college football careers. These five players should be on Kansas City’s radar on Days 2 and 3.

NFL Draft prospect Wan'Dale Robinson reacts during Kentucky game; Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill celebrates a touchdown
Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson celebrates a catch against the Iowa Hawkeyes | Joe Petro/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images; Kansas City Chiefs wideout Tyreek Hill scores a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles | Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Skyy Moore, Western Michigan

Skyy Moore is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft, and for good reason. He’s roughly the same size as Tyreek Hill and packs a punch with his speed and quickness. The Western Michigan product showed out at the Scouting Combine, running a 4.41 40-yard dash and 4.32 20-yard shuttle.

Moore enjoyed a breakout junior season with the Broncos. He caught 95 passes for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns. Watching his film, he may not be as fast as Hill, but he still makes plenty of plays after the catch. The Chiefs no longer have a No. 1 wide receiver. Thankfully, Travis Kelce is still in town. Moore is the kind of player who could help pick up the slack, though.

Moore possesses elite ball skills and plays with toughness, despite not being the biggest receiver in stature. Patrick Mahomes could use another reliable target at his disposal.

Calvin Austin III, Memphis

Calvin Austin III is one of the most electric playmakers in the entire NFL draft class. The former three-star prospect burst onto the scene in his final two seasons at Memphis. He recorded 137 receptions for 2,202 yards and 19 touchdowns during that span.

Austin is an all-around playmaker who the Chiefs could immediately use as a gadget player on offense. His speed is off the charts. He ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at the combine and blew the scouts away with the rest of his measurables. The biggest knock on Austin is his size. He’s 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, which isn’t ideal. However, he plays with toughness and the speed to navigate press-man coverage.

Kansas City lost a lot of speed with Tyreek Hill’s departure. Austin would give them plenty back. He doesn’t project as a No. 1, but he could be an early difference-maker in Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy’s offense. The Tigers star should be a bonafide stud as a return man.

Khalil Shakir, Boise State

Some teams might be overlooking Khalil Shakir, but the Kansas City Chiefs should not. The Boise State product has the potential to be an early impact in the right situation. What better situation could there be than catching passes from Patrick Mahomes?

Shakir caught 208 passes for 2,878 yards and 20 touchdowns in four collegiate seasons. He broke out as a senior, averaging 14.5 yards per reception. His impressive tape features several highlight reel and contested catches. He could bring a similar excitement to Kansas City.

Like Tyreek Hill, Shakir doesn’t shy away from contact with the ball in his hands. He lacks top-end speed and explosiveness. However, he possesses elite body control and a reliable pair of hands. Shakir has “football player” written all over him, and you can’t teach the intangibles.

Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama

Not many people know the name Jalen Tolbert, but they’ll know it soon enough. He played at a small school in South Alabama, but he’s quickly rising up the ranks. He was lightly recruited coming out of high school, but Tolbert has proven that he can ball.

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound receiver did damage over the past three seasons at South Alabama. He recorded 178 receptions for 3,140 yards and 22 touchdowns across four years. Tolbert is an excellent athlete who runs crisp routes and is physical enough to fight to press coverage.

Tyreek Hill was a big-play threat for the Chiefs, and Tolbert has the tools to do the same. He’s taller than the Cheetah, but his tape shows that he excels at running after the catch and is a dangerous downfield threat. According to Pro Football Focus, Tolbert caught 16 deep balls in 2021, fifth-most in the country.

Wan’Dale Robinson, Kentucky

Wan’Dale Robinson might be the most similar player to Tyreek Hill on this list and possibly in the NFL draft. He enjoyed a major breakout campaign after transferring from Nebraska to Kentucky for his junior season. Robinson caught 104 passes for 1,334 yards and seven touchdowns in 2021.

Robinson best fits operating out of the slot, but the Chiefs would have plenty of fun with him in their offense. He’s probably quicker than fast, but he’s as slick as they come and one of the shiftiest playmakers in college football.

Kansas City knows how to maximize the potential of its playmakers. There’s no doubt Reid and Bieniemy could have a similar impact on Robinson. The Kentucky standout isn’t the biggest receiver nor the strongest. However, he has excellent hands, versatility, and a competitive edge. Not to mention, he plays with a confident swagger that Tyreek Hill displayed in his six seasons with the Chiefs.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference and College Football Reference

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