Five trade deadline targets for the Kansas City Chiefs to consider

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 15: Patrick Peterson
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The Kansas City Chiefs have holes to address before they can call themselves Super Bowl Contenders. Here’s some trade deadline ideas.

The Kansas City Chiefs, once considered Super Bowl favorites, are now firmly on the rails after being exposed over the course of the last three weeks of the season.

After cruising through their first three games, the Chiefs narrowly escaped defeat at Detroit in Week Four, before pulling off the victory with a late touchdown, 34-30. They weren’t so lucky the next two weeks, losing to the Colts (19-13) and then the Texans (31-24), in back-to-back home games. As a result of this three week funk, Kansas City and their fans have developed a rather lengthy wish/need list heading in to the NFL trade season.

After failing to stop the run in comically bad ways for four consecutive games, it’s clear that Kansas City needs to improve the run defense if they’re truly going to stop teams in January. This means not only improving the defensive front seven, but also improving on their ability to control the clock and lengthen drives to help the time of possession—all in an effort to help the defense stay fresh.

What positions should general manager Brett Veach focus on?

While it’s quite a wish list, it would be ideal if Kansas City could add a linebacker, an interior defensive lineman, a running back, and an interior offensive lineman.

I also believe that the team has addressed the interior line position with the addition of Stefen Wisniewski. It may be a couple of more weeks before this is realized, but I believe adding the former Philadelphia Eagle to the lineup, coupled with the return of Pro Bowl left tackle Eric Fisher, will make the offensive line a top ten unit in the NFL. Instead of looking at an interior offensive lineman, let’s instead look for a reliable tight end #2.

In addition to these four, we’ll also continue to speculate on the potential acquisition of a cornerback. Though, surprisingly, this seems like a secondary concern at this point.

Let’s take a look at one player for each of these five positions who Veach could target heading in to the trade deadline. While adding five players seems like a stretch, adding two or three of these five would make a world of difference for the team.