Chiefs draft options: Ample possibilities

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There’s no denying that the Kansas City Chiefs’ loss of their third-round pick stings. Despite how you feel about the NFL’s decision, there’s one thing that’s clear; the Chiefs need to hit on their first and second-round picks.

The current 2016 roster seems poised and talented enough to make a legitimate Super Bowl run, but this doesn’t mean they have a perfect roster. Cornerback, defensive line, offensive guard, and outside linebacker are all positions of “need” that the Chiefs will be strongly considering in the first two rounds of this year’s draft.

Let’s look at some possible combos.

William Jackson III, CB , Houston —– Vernon Butler, DL, Louisiana Tech

For me, this would be the most ideal scenario for the Chiefs. Jackson would provide great athleticism and ball skills to a thin cornerback group and Butler would immediately provide depth as both a 1-tech and 5-tech defensive lineman. The biggest problem with this scenario is the likelihood of it happening. We very well could see Jackson and Butler both gone before the Chiefs’ first pick, but we never know how the draft will play out.

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis —– Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

Obviously quarterback isn’t a position of need, but if Lynch were to be available at 28 and Reid and company believe he’s a franchise QB, he may be worth the pick. Since he wouldn’t play in 2016, I think the Chiefs would look for a guy in the second round that could contribute right away. Xavien Howard is a guy who likely won’t have as seamless of a transition to the NFL as Marcus Peters, but his press-man ability and length on the outside would be hard to keep off the field.

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