Second Round options for the Kansas City Chiefs

Sterling Shepard. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin- USA TODAY Sports
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Sterling Shepard (WR)

I’m one of the few parties in the Chiefs blogosphere that isn’t concerned about the receiving corps. I believe the Chiefs did themselves a favor by signing free agent Rod Streater. If he can stay healthy, I’m persuaded that they’ll have upgraded the No. 2 receiver spot. In the event that Dorsey disagrees with me, wideout may be a spot where Kansas City focuses its attention in Round Two.

Of the receiver prospects likely to be available in that part of the draft, Sterling Shepard stands out as an intriguing option for head coach Andy Reid’s West Coast offense.

Shepard was a four-year starter at Oklahoma who had steady production throughout his collegiate career. His two best seasons, 2014 and 2015, yielded more than 2,200 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. The former Sooner is a precise route runner with reliable hands and good overall speed. He’s tailor-made for Reid’s offensive philosophy and could come in and eventually push for time in the slot.

Shepard is strong, but will need to develop functional strength to avoid being re-routed by the jam in the NFL. Having a free release, as he’ll have in the slot, will make him a difficult cover in the WCO system.

Jonathan Bullard (DE/DT)

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Looking up and down the roster, it’s tough to cite the defensive line group as one that needs another body, especially not early in the draft. Mike DeVito’s still on the open market, but the team has Allen Bailey, Dontari Poe, and Jaye Howard secure for the foreseeable future.

Though, aside from 2015 draftee Rakeem Nunez-Roches and Nick Williams, the team would lack depth along the defensive line without veteran DeVito. Enter Florida’s Jonathan Bullard. His versatility would add needed depth at both positions and give the Chiefs rotational options.

The former Gator declined what many thought would be an early exit from the college game last offseason. Bullard would return to Florida in 2015, and he went on to earn First-Team All-SEC honors. The 2015 Chuck Bednarik award semifinalist played both end and tackle in college and was productive at both spots. Kansas City will be able to move him around and give him snaps from multiple spots along their defensive line.

Dorsey’s likely to be enamored with Bullard’s quickness off the snap, his strength at the point, and high motor.

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