With the Super Bowl in the books, the Kansas City Chiefs are now on the clock and the 2013 NFL Draft season is officially under way. For the next month, I’ll be taking a look at each and every NFL team, in draft order, and their needs heading into the draft. So, let us begin at the top with the team with the first overall pick.
As with every team that picks at the top of the draft, they’re usually in need of a quarterback and the Chiefs are no different. The Matt Cassel experiment turned out to be a flop and he should be a cap casualty soon. However, this is a bad year to need a quarterback first overall. Every mock draft out there right now has them taking Geno Smith because the options in free agency aren’t much better.
Draft Possibilities: Geno Smith, Matt Barkley
Assuming that Dwayne Bowe bolts in free agency, a new quarterback is going to need someone to throw to. Dexter McCluster caught double the passes last year than Jonathan Baldwin and Steve Breaston combined.
Draft Possibilities: Terrance Williams, DeAndre Hopkins
Derrick Johnson is a player, but he needs someone next to him after the tragic Jovan Belcher incident. Brandon Siler didn’t show much flash in his four starts filling in.
Draft Possibilities: Kevin Reddick, Jonathan Bostic
Glenn Dorsey is a free agent and likely to skip town. Tyson Jackson is in the final year of his rookie deal and is due for a big pay day. If he doesn’t restructure, he’ll be cut. Look for some edge rushers to be added early.
Draft Possibilities: Dion Jordan, Alex Okafor
With Jeff Allen playing pretty horribly, the plan for him to slide over and take the reins from the retiring Ryan Lilja can’t be what Andy Reid has in mind. There are some good players available in free agency, but I expect this need to be addressed cheaply in the mid to early rounds.
Draft Possibilities: Jonathan Cooper, Barrett Jones
Can a team ever have enough corners? The answer is no and that is why you’ll see this position on every team in this draft. Brandon Flowers is a keeper and Javier Arenas played well after the team dumped Stanford Routt. But filling in depth should be the goal in the middle to late rounds.
Draft Possibilities: Leon McFadden, Jamar Taylor
I’d also look at the possibility of the Chiefs addressing another power running back with the impending loss of Peyton Hillis. Hopefully not needing him so much in the receiving game, McCluster can do a better job at spelling Jamaal Charles and keeping his carry count down.
Having the top pick in the draft comes with a lot of pressure to get it right. That’s why I’m still not convinced that the Chiefs will take Geno Smith number one overall. Unfortunately Smith isn’t the type of player a team will trade up for. It will be real interesting to see what new coach Andy Reid has in mind for this problem when free agency begins.
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