Mock Draft: Ranking The Kansas City Chiefs Offseason Needs
By Ben Nielsen
Jan 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; General view of Super Bowl IV championship ring to commemorate the Kansas City Chiefs 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on January 11, 1970 on display at the NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sport
The Kansas City Chiefs have needs. Duh.
However, in the salary cap era and with limited immediate cap space to work with, the Chiefs are going to have to prioritize what is most important to the roster and what moves are most likely to propel them to playoff success.
Everyone would love to sign three all-Pro wide receivers, revive the Dick Vermeil offensive line, trade for Aaron Rodgers, and add enough pieces necessary to make the Chiefs defense the most fearsome thing known to mankind. Since this isn’t Madden and we are living in reality, none of these things are going to happen. At least not in one offseason, anyway.
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Knowledge of the fact that we are not in fantasy land means the Chiefs are going to have to make some tough choices about what they are going to prioritize their needs. Yes, Kansas City needs to upgrade their offensive line and their wide receiver group, but which one is more important. If the Chiefs can only make one move – sign Jeremy Maclin or sign Orlando Franklin – which one should they choose? Which player is more likely to add more wins? Which player is more important to the overall success of the offense?
These are the kind of questions the Chiefs are going to need to answer. Because with limited resources, some of the things the Chiefs need are not going to be adequately filled. This is something every NFL team is going to have to deal with, and it is the teams who know how to appropriate attack these needs who will be able to find or sustain success in 2015.
So what are the Chiefs’ needs and in what order should they prioritize them? Let’s mock (draft) our way towards finding those answers.
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