Kansas City Chiefs: Film Breakdown Of 5 1st-Round WRs In The 2015 Draft

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Kansas City Chiefs wideouts are destined for pay cuts, inconsistent with receptions and plagued by drops—both in and away from coverage. They’re like Google results for Sprint.

That being said, let’s not pretend that all receivers are created equal.

Anyone who passed popsicle-stick math will tell you that Dwayne Bowe is overpaid. However, they’ll also tell you that he’s the only wideout who brings any semblance of consistency to the table, despite not having a capable No. 2 receiver to complement him.

Consider this: Since 2007—the year in which he was drafted—Bowe has reeled in 532 receptions for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns. The second-leading receiver within that timespan? Dexter McCluster—who’s now a running back—with 172 receptions, 1,500 yards and five touchdowns.

Let that sink in; over the past eight seasons combined, no receiver outside of Bowe has caught six touchdowns for the Chiefs. In fact, McCluster is the only one who tallied 100-plus receptions. The next closest candidate? Steve Breaston (68).

Obviously, the past is the past, but when even when you compare Bowe’s 2014 production to that of other Chiefs wideouts, the gap is still evident:

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Should No. 82 take a pay cut? Without a doubt. The thought of retaining Bowe and drafting a first-round wideout aren’t mutually exclusive, though. Regardless of how you slice it, the Chiefs need to enter 2015 with two capable receivers—not one.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at five Day 1-worthy wideouts—and no, Amari Cooper isn’t falling to the Chiefs—who could hear their name called at No. 18.