The Kansas City Chiefs are a talented team, but definitely have some holes to fill if they want to make the playoffs next season. Here’s a list of the team’s biggest needs.
Wide Receiver- It’s widely known that Kansas City had receiving trouble throughout last season. Look for the Chiefs to target players in FA, the draft , or both. Players like Green Bay’s Randall Cobb or Philadelphia’s Jeremy Maclin will be expensive, but they could instantly become Alex Smith’s top target if they suited up in red next year. The draft is full of WR’s, so it may be possible to pick one in the early rounds and in the mid-to late rounds. Alabama’s Amari Cooper and West Virginia’s Kevin White will likely be gone, but there will still be a few talented receivers on the board. Louisville’s DeVante Parker, who possess great speed, could be an option, as could a former Mizzou player, the freakishly athletic Dorial Green-Beckham. Whatever route they go, the position needs to be addressed, and John Dorsey has to find someone that can produce quickly.
Offensive Line- Bottom line; the offensive line was nowhere near good enough last season. Eric Fisher showed strides, but still has not justified being the number one overall pick in the 2013 draft. Center Rodney Hudson was the only bright spot in this group but he is a free agent who is seeking big money, meaning he may go elsewhere to play. That’s why it would be wise to consider drafting one early. John Dorsey and the front office are known to take the best player available and if a lineman is their highest graded player, you can bet he’ll be the pick. Prospects that stand out are Iowa’s Brandon Scherff, FSU’s Cameron Erving, LSU’s La’el Collins and Miami’s Ereck Flowers. Although these are the big name prospects, there will be plenty of under the radar guys who can be picked up in later rounds. Those prospects offer a better value and also may be able to come in and play. Just look at last year’s 6th round pick, guard Zach Fulton. The problem with this O-line right now is depth, and the Chiefs can address that issue in the draft.
Inside Linebacker- KC’s star linebacker, Derrick Johnson went down in the first game of the 2014 season with an Achilles tear. His impact was missed immediately. The Chiefs finished with the 28th worst rushing defense in the league and much of that blame can be shifted on the ‘backers. Johnson’s return will help, but he is 32 and an Achilles injury is tough to come back from. A young and athletic play-maker could be a wise investment. The prospects that stand out are TCU’s Paul Dawson, Bernardrick McKinney from Mississippi State, and Eric Kendricks from UCLA. The Chiefs will be able to get one of those guys in the second round, and it could help bolster a defense that has the potential to be one of the top five linebacking corps in the NFL.