One of the pressing needs for the K.C. Chiefs in the eyes of many entering this offseason was the addition of a veteran wide receiver, specifically someone good enough to play WR2, to take the load off Tyreek Hill and supplement the disappointing progression of Mecole Hardman, who tends to struggle as an X receiver. As of now, we’re a few days into NFL free agency and the Chiefs are yet to address wide receiver.
While there’s no need to panic or anything, there’s reason to be somewhat concerned. The Chiefs cleared out a ton of cap space to begin free agency and we’ve all heard by now that the Chiefs were apparently close to signing Trent Williams, which presumably was the reason they cleared all that cap space. However, the team seemed to be so aggressive in spending money on offensive line but why nowhere else? There’s not much left on the board for offensive line now, but it seemed like a no-brainer for Brett Veach to take advantage of the slow-moving wide receiver market. Yet we haven’t heard any rumors about the Chiefs being interested in a wide receiver so far.
It’s important to remember we still have the NFL Draft, but can this team really bank on a rookie to fill the void at WR2? Depends on who. It also depends on how the Chiefs address other needs on the team. If we’re a week away from the draft and still asking ourselves what the Chiefs plan on doing at wide receiver, defensive end, linebacker, cornerback, etc., then we’re going to have a problem. While the draft is a great opportunity for the Chiefs to add talent, it’s extremely unlikely that they will not only hit on every pick, but do so to the point that they erase your concern at the position from day one. That’s just not realistic.
Acknowledging that, it is very possible that the Chiefs don’t want to sign a receiver and are really comfortable with their in-house guys enough that they’ll just draft a receiver and then rely on who they already have. Let’s be clear. if the Chiefs don’t sign a wide receiver, then they will definitely draft one because that’s how Brett Veach rolls. So, let’s give a run down on who the Chiefs might be banking on for next season and if it makes sense.