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Chiefs trade up to grab WR Hardman in second round

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ATHENS, GA – OCTOBER 6: Mecole Hardman #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball against Dimitri Moore #7 of the Vanderbilt Commodores on October 6, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs traded up five spots in the second round to select wide receiver Mecole Hardman with the 56th overall pick Friday night, giving the team some insurance given the uncertainty surrounding suspended star Tyreek Hill.

Hardman, who starred at Georgia, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds, making the comparisons to the speedy Hill obvious. Hardman not only has the ability to beat defenses deep, he averaged 20.1 yards on punt returns, giving him value in another phase of the game.

Hill has been suspended from all team activities as the Chiefs and local prosecutors investigate his role in an alleged child abuse case inside his home. Audio surfaced his week in which Hill and his fiancee, Crystal Espinal, discuss an injury to their 3-year-old son.

The Chiefs traded their fifth-round pick to the Rams to move up in the second round.

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