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Andy Reid and Taylor Swift Agree: Fresno's Xavier Worthy Is a Great 1st-Round Draft Pick
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By Bill McEwen, News Director
Published 1 month ago on
April 26, 2024

Pop superstar and Chiefs superfan Taylor Swift applauded Kansas City's selection of former Central High standout Xavier Worthy in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25, 2024. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

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Chiefs Kingdom quickly gave a thumbs-up to Super Bowl champion Kansas City’s selection of former Central High School standout Xavier Worthy in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

“The moment @worthyyy became a Kansas City Chief 💛,” the Chiefs captioned the Instagram video, which was then liked by pop superstar Taylor Swift, who is dating Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid sang Worthy’s praises in a news conference after the first round. Kansas City selected the electrifyingly fast wide receiver with the 28th overall pick after moving up four spots via a trade with the Buffalo Bills.

Worthy captured the team’s attention because of his NFL Combine record-setting time of 4.21 seconds in the 40-yard dash and because he’s a savvy, versatile player “who can go all day and loves football,” Reid said.

Chiefs Trade up to Select Worthy

“We had this kid marked and (we were afraid) somebody might jump us” in the first round, Reid said of the 6-foot, 173-pounder who has yet to turn 21 years old. “To add somebody of this quality is important. For us to get him down there with the trade was well worth it.

“He’s a good route runner … and I think you’ll see the toughness that he’s got.”

The Chiefs won their second straight Super Bowl last season and third in five seasons behind quarterback Patrick Mahomes despite leading the NFL in dropped passes in 2023. In addition, wide receiver Rashee Rice faces a likely suspension for leaving the scene of an injury auto accident before police arrived.

“We glad to have him on board,” Reid said of Worthy. “We think he’s a heckuva football player. He’s a good wide receiver and also a good special teams returner. He’ll end up doing both to start things off with. He should give Pat another weapon there to use.

Mahomes later retweeted a comical post by Pro Bowl Chiefs offensive lineman Creed Humphrey that referenced Worthy’s speed.

Worthy’s Standout Career at Texas

Worthy, who earned All-America honors at Central High, initially committed to Michigan but then signed with Texas. With the Longhorns, he was a Freshman All-American and Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2021. He also was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection.

Reid said that the Chiefs consulted with Texas coach Steve Sarkisian about Worthy during the pre-draft process.

“Sarkisian kept talking about how he smart he was … good instincts, he’s a tremendous worker,” Reid said.

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Bill McEwen,
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Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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