Free Agency Mock Draft: The Seven Most Impactful Free Agents For The Kansas City Chiefs

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Jan 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) celebrates his first quarter touchdown catch with Jody Nelson against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Round Five: Randall Cobb

If the Chiefs are going to try and build a crazy arsenal of weapons around Alex Smith then Randall Cobb fits the bill as a starting point.

Cobb is the ideal weapon in an Andy Reid offense because of his versatility, speed, and playmaking ability. Kansas City could line Cobb up just about anywhere on the field. At times the Packers were lining Cobb in the backfield or at tight end in order to create mismatches either for Cobb for some of their other weapons. A Cobb signing is an obvious upgrade for the Chiefs.

This issue with Cobb is he’s going to command a great deal of money and spending the limited cap space on a wide receiver may not make sense given some of the young weapons the Chiefs already have on the roster plus their ability to upgrade in the draft for cheap.

Kansas City may have up to 11 draft picks in this year’s draft, and could use some of their early picks to add weapons around Jamaal Charles, Travis Kelce, De’Anthony Thomas, and Albert Wilson. Yes, the Chiefs need improvements at wide receiver, no question. But unlike the situation with the offensive line, the Chiefs can reasonably point to some players on the roster who could make big plays and improve the offensive from where it was last season. The offensive line has very clear needs that can’t be completely solved in the draft and the defense has some specific holes that can be filled with one or two quality signings.

Wide receiver is a different situation for the Chiefs. If Kansas City left the offseason with two wide receiver draft picks in the first four rounds to go with Charles, Kelce, Thomas, and Wilson then you’d have to be pretty comfortable with the Chiefs’ offensive situation assuming the issues along the offensive line are fixed. That’s six guys Smith could reasonably pass to and expect good things to happen. And that doesn’t include what Charles and Knile Davis can do in the run game.

Keep this in mind: Even with one of the worst wide receiver groups in NFL history, the Chiefs ranked 16th in the NFL in scoring and 13th in percentage of drives ending in a score. In fact the Chiefs offense scored more frequently than four 2014 playoff teams plus the San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, and Chicago Bears.

Fix the offensive line and the Chiefs offensive should be very good.

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