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Instead of Going After Maclin, Chiefs Should Improve Receivers Through the Draft


Wearing a life-long “game-manager” tag on his sleeve, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith overachieved this season without the help of a dominant wide receiving corps.

Smith, in his first year with Kansas City, dominated the touchdown-to-turnover ratio. He tossed 23 touchdowns while only throwing 7 interceptions. His leading receiver, Jamaal Charles, was a running back and Dwayne Bowe struggled to make the impact many fans expected when Smith was acquired from the San Francisco 49ers last off season.

With this in mind, and the possibility of slot receiver Dexter McCluster departing in free agency, many people are clamoring for the Chiefs to go out and make a flashy free agent signing. Apparently, the rumors are already flying.

According to Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs could be interested in signing Missouri alumnus Jeremy Maclin this off season. Maclin, a former first round pick, has been successful when healthy, but that seems to be few and far between. The Philadelphia Eagles receiver missed the entire 2013 season and has only played in a full 16-game season once, that coming in 2010.

While going out and signing a receiver of this caliber would be a nice addition of the Chiefs, they should avoid it.

Instead, general manager John Dorsey should target a talented receiver to line up opposite of Bowe through the draft. There are plenty in the crop this year.

The best teams in the NFL build through the draft, using free agency to pick and pluck players at the right time to compliment a product polished with draft pick after draft pick. The Chiefs, and Dorsey, should do the same.

At the No. 23 selection, the Chiefs are in a spot where they could select a receiver that could come in and make an impact from the first day of organized team activities. Guys like Mike Evans from Texas A&M, Marqise Lee from USC and Odell Beckham Jr. from LSU would compliment Bowe in the passing game perfectly.

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  • ahsum99ss

    Take Maclin!

  • ahsum99ss

    MIZZOU

  • Redblack564

    Why can the Chiefs do both ? Any rookie drafted is not going to be as good right away as Maclin who is a good WR and knows the offense

  • cd3382

    Lee would be a nice pick if he’s still available, but I wouldn’t mind grabbing Benjamin either.

  • Drewfish

    I say take maclin and build your secondary in the first round thats were we need help the most. With a wr we might score more but if we cant stop nobody then its not going to matter!

  • jeffromac23

    They need to draft a safety first and with the draft as deep as it is in wide recievers they can pick an acomplished route runner with good hands and speed in the third round and we will be alright.

  • DTVTechGuy

    Yeah… Take a chance on a first round WR with only one pick in the first dang near 100 picks… When we have massive secondary problems.

    Good plan.

    Maclin knows the offense… He’s proven talent… And the Chiefs won 11 games without a WR beyond DBowe.. A one year ” show me ” contract does the trick… Gives us the freedom to take a chance on the best secondary talent available in the first round and would actually show the fans that management knows what it is doing…

    Drafting offense when defense is the need is beyond stupid.

    Do you actually WATCH Chiefs games?

    • sidibeke

      Okay, a little harsh here but I agree with you. Of course, we could pick up a FS in FA, too. Isn’t Buf’s FS supposed to be pretty good and will be a FA? Thought I read that somewhere. I’d say two top needs are FS and WR. One should be taken care of in FA, the other with 1st round. I also think we need ILB help. We can’t cover TEs and guys out of the backfield.

      • berttheclock

        Jarius Byrd would be a gem and would fit Sutton’s system, but, I have read he wants Goldson money which would put him in the $8 million range. Really pricey for the Chiefs. However, I agree a the most important top need is a new free safety, with a quality wide out next and, then, an additional front seven pass rusher.

  • SoCalChiefsFan

    I say pick up Maclin, Decker or Edelman, go secondary with the first round draft choice, and pick up a WR with our third round pick. I’m guessing we could find a good one in the third to learn the play book and give our starters a break when needed. I’m thinking Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt or Davante Adams from Fresno State might still be around.

  • Royals_Fan

    The Chiefs should go WR first pick because that is a desperate need. Yes, the secondary wasn’t the best, but Cooper will get better and Smith should do better with the first year out of the way.

    The only quality secondary pick up you can get is Varrett with our pick, if he’s still there, and he would get destroyed. 5’10″ 180lbs isn’t what the Chiefs need. I want the Chiefs to draft Kelvin Benjamin. A 6’5″, 235lbs WR with solid hands, big body and solid speed would be a huge upgrade. Go for Byrd from Buffolo in FA and draft a CB/S with the second pick.

    Charles isn’t going to have the same year again next year and Bowe, Avery and McCluster isn’t a WR core that will get you success in the playoffs.

    Upgrading the offense is what the Chiefs need to do to push over that hump completely. They made the first move by bring Alex Smith in, now we need to give him something to work with besides Charles and the semi reliable Bowe.

    • SoCalChiefsFan

      Byrd will be too expensive. Clinton-Dix (Alabama) or Calvin Pryor (Louisville) could very possibly be there when the Chiefs pick at 23. We need an upgrade to Lewis so that we can send him packing!

      A wide receiver through free agency seems like the better move for us…IMO. You can pick up a solid #2 starter for a better rate than Byrd!

      • Royals_Fan

        Clinton-Dix will most likely go sooner in the draft unless he has a terrible combine and the likely hood of Pryor going in the first isn’t very high. I’d be willing to take the chance on seeing if he drops to the Chiefs in the second round. Then you would get a stud WR first and a Promising FS in the second. But all in all it depends on there combine.

        • SoCalChiefsFan

          Chiefs don’t have a second round pick. They traded it last year for Alex Smith. This draft is deep with receivers. In my opinion the chances of getting a good receiver in the third are a heck of a lot better than getting a good free safety there.

  • OHChief

    I don’t see have we will have the cap room to really pick up any top free agents. Stick will the draft and use what little cap we have to sure up our own.

  • sidibeke

    KC has several needs: ILB, FS, WR, DE in no particular order. Commings could be the FS and Nico could be the ILB, but the coaches know better than we do about that. Either way, Dorsey needs to fill these holes through the draft and FA where the value falls. And I don’t think Reid lets Dex get away assuming the $ is possible, which it may not be.

  • InsideMyTeam

    I would love to see the Chiefs take a WR with either the 1st or 3rd pick. They drafted Sanders Cummings last year but since he was on the IR for most of the season he wasn’t able to replace Lewis as I’m sure Dorsey and Reid were expecting. Hopefully he will be healthy this next year and able to make a massive improvement in FS play. If you are interested in a site to get all your chiefs news from around the web checkout http://insidemyteam.com/tag/kansas-city-chiefs/

  • Canad-Ian

    I really want KC to continue building their defense. I’d love for them to have an identity as a strong defensive team year in year out like Ravens, Steelers, Bears where if they have a down year you know they’ll be back soon.

  • Pessimisticchiefsfan

    I have a better idea. Let’s just skip on a proven nfl star receiver in maclin and a first round receiver and go get Baldwin back. He has great size and athleticism and had a productive college career. He is a can’t miss pick.

  • Tony Parker

    Find the money to sign Byrd at FS and a good healthy WR in FA, too many injuries for Maclin, doesn’t matter how good he is if he cant play because of injury. Then in the draft trade out of first for more picks and grab a 2nd round DE to replace tinman, then go cb, cb, wr, ilb, cb, cb, cb, cb. Our secondary needs revamped big time including letting flowers go, his time is up. we need fast hard hitting players in our sec. Wes Dressler from the CFL will be signed so say goodbye Dex! was never high on him anyway. Instant improvement in the slot.
    Freeing up money by letting Dex go, Flowers, lewis, robinson & restructure Hali’s contract. Its a start and Dorsey knows what he is doing so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple big time FA signings. there’s no time for growing pains at WR and FS but the sec needs the biggest help. we need that D that can stop the good offenses of the NFL, no doubt in my mind.