The 6 most glaring needs on KC Chiefs roster after early free agency

Now that the initial wave of NFL free agency has come and gone, what are the most important remaining needs for the KC Chiefs?

Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach speaks during a
Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach speaks during a / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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An answer at Left Tackle

In limited action last season, Wanya Morris was serviceable, but not overly impressive at left tackle. The Chiefs need to bring in another tackle to hedge their bet.

The good news is that this year's draft is loaded with offensive tackles. The bad news is that they might not find an NFL-ready player at #32. A trade up could be necessary to land a day one starter for Patrick Mahomes' blindside.

The Chiefs could repeat what they did last year and sign a veteran free agent after the draft for insurance. Donovan Smith is still available and there are multiple other players who have started at left tackle for multiple years that are also free agents.

It wouldn't surprise me if the Chiefs drafted an offensive tackle early and signed a veteran, just to leave no doubt heading into the season.

Patrick Mahomes' Backup

Lastly, the backup quarterback position is still wide open for Kansas City. As of right now, Chris Oladokun is the projected QB2. I guarantee that won't be the case in two months.

The Chiefs didn't sign Blaine Gabbert until the middle of April last year. Gabbert remains unsigned, so history might repeat itself.

Kansas City has always had a veteran behind Patrick Mahomes. Before Gabbert, Chad Henne was QB2 for five years, plus Matt Moore for several games when Henne was injured in 2019.

It would be complete shock if the Chiefs drafted a quarterback before day 3, so expect them to sign their next backup quarterback within the next few weeks.

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