KC Chiefs: Three biggest positions in need of draft investment
By Matt Conner
If there’s a way for the Kansas City Chiefs to come away with draft help at these positions, that will be a very good thing.
Every franchise in the National Football League wants to say the same thing when it comes to their approach to the annual NFL Draft: we take the best player available. But we all know that’s not entirely true.
For example, the Kansas City Chiefs might have a quarterback rated very highly, perhaps even with a first or second-round grade, but there’s no way they would take that player with such an early pick knowing they have Patrick Mahomes locked up through 2031 and a host of other needs on the roster to address. It just doesn’t work like that.
Every team, instead, utilizes some combination of player value and positional value when it comes to each pick they make. Some teams will reach to fill a hole while others seem fine with taking a player at a position that’s not a major need. But each franchise floats in between with those competing values in relationship with each other.
When it comes to the 2022 NFL Draft, Chiefs Kingdom can expect general manager Brett Veach to continue like normal, which is to err more on the side of not caring so much for the positional need these days. Consider that the only first-round pick he ever used went for a running back despite a greater need for a few other positions back in 2020 when he submitted Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s name on a draft card.
But will Veach consider some positions with greater weight than others in this year’s draft? Chiefs fans should hope so. The draft is deep by all accounts in the very areas the Chiefs could use most. Here’s a look at the positions at which the Chiefs could use a greater investment than others.