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The Kansas City Chiefs may, as promised, be sticking to their draft board but if they are, their board seems to think highly of offensive players.
The Chiefs are three picks into the 2013 NFL Draft and each one of those selections have been players for the offensive side of the football.
KC kicked off the draft by selecting Central Michigan LT Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick. The Chiefs then took a round off, having used their second-round pick to trade for San Francisco 49ers QB, Alex Smith.
When the third round finally arrived Friday night, the Chiefs once again had the first pick. Despite already having Tony Moeaki and Anthony Fasano on the rost, GM John Dorsey opted to add Cincinnati TE Travis Kelce.
Before Friday night was over, the Chiefs selected Arkansas RB Knile Davis with the penultimate pick in the third round.
The Chiefs’ focus on offense makes sense. While the Chiefs struggled in nearly every phase of the game in 2012, the team’s greatest weaknesses came on the offensive side of the football. Since arriving in KC, Andy Reid and John Dorsey have gone to work making over the team’s offense.
Here of the significant offensive additions the Chiefs have added under the new regime:
QB Alex Smith
QB Chase Daniel
WR Donnie Avery
WR Mardy Gilyard
OG Geoff Schwartz
TE Anthony Fasano
LT Eric Fisher
TE Travis Kelce
RB Knile Davis
Most of these players have the chance to be significant contributors. Smith has already been named the starting QB. Daniel will likely serve as his primary backup. Gilyard is a lower end roster guy but could find a spot on the team on special teams as a return man. Avery adds a speed element on the outside and could push Jonathan Baldwin for a starting role opposite Dwayne Bowe. Schwartz figures to challenge Jeff Allen for a starting spot at guard and he can also play tackle if need be. Fasano will take over for the departed Kevin Boss. He and Kelce will battle with Tony Moeaki for playing time at TE. Depending on how the roster shakes out, all three TEs could make the final 53-man roster. Fisher figured to start at one of the tackle spots, depending on what the Chiefs plan to do with Branden Albert. Finally, Davis is a bit of a wild card but will be thrown into the mix with Cyrus Gray, Shaun Draughn (and perhaps Dexter McCluster) to earn a complimentary role to starter Jamaal Charles.
It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs continue to add offensive pieces on day three of the draft. KC could still use depth along the defensive line at the end positions. There are also some holes in the depth chart at the safety position and perhaps most importantly, ILB.
What do you think, Addicts? Are Reid and Dorsey doing the right thing by stocking up on offense?