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Draft needs: Kansas City Chiefs

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Given their free agent losses this offseason, the Chiefs could garner multiple compensatory picks in 2015, which could set them up to be a major player in next spring’s draft.

However, the Chiefs enter the 2014 draft as a prime trade-down candidate. They have just six selections: one first-rounder (No. 23), one third-rounder (No. 87), one fourth-rounder (No. 124), one fifth-rounder (No. 163) and two sixth-rounders (Nos. 193, 200).

Here are the Chiefs’ top draft needs:

Wide receiver: The Chiefs have a viable go-to receiver in Dwayne Bowe, whose eight-catch, 150-yard performance in the January wild card loss at Indianapolis was a reminder of what he can do on his best. However, Bowe will be 30 in September, and the Chiefs need a second outside target capable of consistently stepping up when their No. 1 wideout is well-covered. They also could look to add a replacement for the quick, versatile Dexter McCluster, too. Given their depth chart at the position, and given the sheer number of good receiver prospects available, the Chiefs seem likely to add to their pass catching corps.

Interior offensive line: Like wide receiver, it’s hard to see the Chiefs not bolstering their options between the tackles after losing guards Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz in free agency. What’s more, starting left guard Jeff Allen and starting center Rodney Hudson can test unrestricted free agency after the season.

Offensive tackle: 2013 No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher will move to left tackle to replace the departed Branden Albert. With a season of experience, Fisher could show improvement in 2014, but he will be coming off of shoulder and hernia surgery. At right tackle, third-year pro Donald Stephenson appears to the top option. At a minimum, the depth behind Fisher and Stephenson is in need of reinforcement.

Safety: Starting free safety Kendrick Lewis signed with Houston, leaving the Chiefs with at least one depth chart spot to fill at the position. Also, star strong safety Eric Berry can reach unrestricted free agency at season’s end; given his skill and the increasing premium on safeties that can cover, he will be expensive to retain long-term. No matter how the Chiefs proceed with Berry, bringing in another safety that can hold up in pass coverage would be a good idea.

Outside linebacker: Pro Bowler Justin Houston enters the final year of his deal. He is poised to receive a second contract that should place him among the higher-paid 3-4 outside linebackers in the game. The Chiefs’ other outside linebacker, Tamba Hali, has two years left on his deal, but he will be 32 years old when his contract expires. The depth behind Hali and Houston is serviceable, but the Chiefs could use an edge-rushing prospect to serve as an apprentice behind the starters.

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12 Responses to “Draft needs: Kansas City Chiefs”
  1. longsufferingkcfan says: May 1, 2014 3:13 PM

    The mighty Chiefs need no one. They have won more Super Bowls than over a third of the league combined. If that’s not dominance, I don’t know what is.

  2. braceyourselffor12 says: May 1, 2014 3:16 PM

    Niner Faithful here, hoping Alex Smith and the KC Chiefs a successful season! (except for when you play us)

  3. therealtrenches says: May 1, 2014 3:30 PM

    “No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher will move to left tackle to replace the departed Branden Albert.”

    Right, so the Chiefs should probably draft a starting left tackle, shouldn’t they?

  4. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 1, 2014 3:40 PM

    real niner fans dont care for alex ”bust” smith. glad hes gone. 6 years of garbage play. when he got cut , everybody was celebrating. everybody was like ”its about freakin time”. kaepernick has had more success in 1 year , than alex had in 8 years.

  5. dcapettini says: May 1, 2014 3:50 PM

    And yet the new boys on the block, the Baltimore Ravens double the wins of the “Mighty Chiefs” and more than almost 60% of the league.. And, this from only 1996. Does that make them “Extra Mighty” or “Mightyissimos”?

  6. rustygrizzwald says: May 1, 2014 4:07 PM

    Red and Gold hitman is an idiot. Realistic niner fans knew Alex had a raw deal most of the time, and wish him continued good play in KC.

    Red and gold should go back to his day job as an advisor to Aldon Smith.

  7. jjackwagon says: May 1, 2014 4:18 PM

    Chiefs will trade out of the 23rd pick and get a 2nd rounder and another 3rd.

  8. jbaxt says: May 1, 2014 4:44 PM

    Chiefs will take QB and get a 1st rounder out of San Fran next year.

    Kidding, KCs my team, SF is my NFC team.

  9. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: May 1, 2014 4:47 PM

    When has Alex Smith ever been cut?
    He lost his job due to concussion but I’ll admit that even though Kaep has more athletic talent, Alex is a smarter QB.

    Good luck to KC, probably miss the playoffs this year though with a brutal schedule.

  10. anonymous135 says: May 1, 2014 4:48 PM

    Marquise Lee would be sweet

  11. chuckxx says: May 1, 2014 5:54 PM

    They certainly have alot of holes to fill. Looks like it could truly be a very tough and challenging season for this team. Also very tough schedule would suggest they would be very lucky to be 8-8 at best.

  12. jrebar88 says: May 1, 2014 8:15 PM

    Good thing they don’t have to wait ten weeks this year to play a real team! Down and out after week two

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