Chiefs draft pick plans to act like rookie as opposed to first rounder

Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Posted at 2:57 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 15:57:55-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Clyde Edwards-Helaire hasn't technically been in the Kansas City Chiefs' running back room yet.

Maybe a virtual Zoom chatroom, but not a literal room.

When he is, however, he knows how he'll act.

"I'm a rookie," Edwards-Helaire said. "I'm staying in my place and I'm doing what I need to do."

The Chiefs first round pick likens his current situation to a few years ago when he got on campus at SEC power LSU.

"I was going into a college football room where Leonard (Fornette) had just left," Edwards-Helaire said. "They had guys. I was going into a stacked room again. Ultimately I went in to learn."

In this case, his running back room includes Damien Williams, one of the Chiefs stars of their run to the Super Bowl. And Darrel Williams, who curiously was also in that LSU running back room when Edwards-Helaire arrived.

"If you can learn from guys who have experienced the things that you're about to encounter, you can only benefit from it."

After all, Edwards-Helaire goes from the college football champions (LSU) to the NFL champions (the Chiefs).

"I'm the young guy in the room," Edwards-Helaire said. "I'm 21 years-old. And right now I'm learning."