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With the 32nd overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Edwards-Helaire is the first running back selected in the NFL Draft.
In 2019, Edwards-Helaire was a First-Team All-SEC selection. Edwards-Helaire finished the season with 1,414 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns. Edwards-Helaire added another 453 yards on 55 receptions. In the 2020 National Championship, Edwards-Helaire finished with 110 rushing yards on 16 attempts.
At 5-foot-8, Edwards-Helaire is on the smaller side of running backs, but his talents are undeniable. Edwards-Helaire is a versatile running back, capable of making an impact both on the ground and through the air. His patience, anticipation, and balance make him capable of becoming a lead running back at the next level.
Edwards-Helaire compares nicely to Devonta Freeman, who has developed a nice NFL career at 5-8.
In 77 career games with the Atlanta Falcons, Freeman compiled 3,972 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns on 951 rushing attempts. Through the air, Freeman finished his Falcons’ career with 2,015 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns.
Freeman is currently a free agent.
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What The Analysts Say
Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a Day 2 candidate for a man-blocking team looking for a primary back in a committee. Edwards-Helaire has elite decision-making ability behind the line of scrimmage, and his game is predicated off of savvy cuts, manipulation of timing/pacing, and sneaky quicks. –Benjamin Solak, The Draft Network
Don’t let the size of Edwards-Helaire fool you. He might only be 5-7, but his play makes you forget about it. CEH was crucial for the Tigers’ National Title run along with quarterback Joe Burrow. –Patrick Conn, Draft Wire (USA Today)
Last season, the Chiefs saw production in Damien Williams but Edwards-Helaire changes the offense. His ability through the air makes him a productive player who can give Patrick Mahomes the safety option he needs. On the ground, he’s exactly what you want, a complete running back.
Edwards-Helaire is likely an immediate starter for the Chiefs as they look to defend their Super Bowl from last season.