We are at the one month mark before the NFL Draft put the Houston Texans on the clock. There are still a lot of questions surrounding the Chiefs and what they should be do with their first round pick. Here are just some of the needs the Chiefs need to address in the draft.
Kansas City needs depth, badly. Dwayne Bowe is the only proven receiver on the team, and saw improved performance as the offense began top open up more. One would think he will have a better season in 2014 than he did in 2013.
But Andy Reid‘s offense is based on spreading the ball around, not finding a number one wide receiver and funneling all of the targets his way. In fact, Reid has never had a wide receiver catch more than 80 passes in his offense during his tenure as a head coach. This means the Chiefs need to find multiple options at wide receiver. This is, of course, unless you are sold on Donnie Avery, A.J. Jenkins, Weston Dressler, and Junior Hemingway.
The biggest blow in losing Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah, and Geoff Schwartz to free agency wasn’t so much the quality of anticipated offensive line performance as it was a blow to the Chiefs’ depth. Kansas City is still looking for a swing tackle to fill Donald Stephenson‘s spot and for an interior lineman to replace Asamoah and Schwartz.
Kansas City’s pass rush dissipated in the second half as injuries mounted up and teams figured out that the Chiefs couldn’t rush the passer beyond Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. Dontari Poe made a positive step towards becoming a secondary pass rusher, but there is little behind him after that.
The Chiefs did add Vance Walker in free agency, and there is some hope Mike Catapano can be valuable as a designated pass rusher. But the Chiefs do not have anything behind Hali – who is getting older – and Houston – who is a free agent after 2014. Finding Hali and Houston’s future replacements, or at least adding depth, may be a priority in this draft.
Anthony Fasano, Travis Kelce, and Tony Moeaki were all supposed to combine to significantly improve the Chiefs tight end production in 2013, but all three ended up dealing with injuries. As a result, Sean McGrath ended up seeing a lot snaps. The result was limited production from the unit, whose lack of production hurt Kansas City’s red zone offense.
There is reason to believe Fasano and Kelce will have healthier seasons in 2014, but adding some depth to the unit may be a good idea.
Cornerback and safety depth are huge needs for the Chiefs. Kansas City seems set with Husain Abdullah and Sanders Commings tag-teaming the free safety position and Eric Berry is one of the game’s best strong safeties. The question now is how do they improve the quality of their depth so they can use Berry as weapon. John Dorsey seems to like tweener defensive backs so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see multiple corners or safeties taken in the draft.
Good news is the Chiefs’ needs are not huge ones, they are all issues that can be fixed immediately in the draft. The depth of this draft and the Chiefs’ immediate needs fit pretty well, and Kansas City has some time to work with to add a developmental project at outside linebacker and in the secondary.
The issue here is Kansas City only has six picks. Eight picks would be optimal for the Chiefs given what they need to add in the draft, so trading down may be an option Dorsey tries to take advantage of.
So what do you think, Addicts? Knowing what the Chiefs need and what they have to work with, what position should the Chiefs take with their first round pick?