The Kansas City Chiefs had some glaring holes needed to be filled in the second half of the 2013 season. The most noticeable spots to be filled, in my opinion, were at the wide receiver, cornerback, and linebacker positions. Although there is talent in these areas, depth definitely was a concern and was very prevalent in the latter half of the year.
Dwayne Bowe is the only consistent receiver on the Chiefs roster. Donnie Avery and others have provided a nice spark opposite side of the field of Bowe, but no one on the team has been able to consistently prove to be the Chiefs number two target. With big names like Sammy Watkins and Kelvin Benjamin most likely going early on in the draft in May, the Chiefs to need to look towards free agency or perhaps trade back and acquire in extra pick to help out the Chiefs passing attack.
With the emergence of big wide receivers in the NFL many teams are beginning to sign bigger cornerbacks as well in order to compete with them. With guys like Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Eddie Royal, and Keenan Allen all in the AFC West, the Chiefs need to be four to five men deep on the roster that are able to play and contain on the defensive end. Shaun Smith is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, corners in the league but had trouble keeping up with some of the faster receivers the Chiefs faced. With Justin Gilbert out of Oklahoma State most likely being the first corner overall taken, the Chiefs will need to evaluate talent in the later rounds to provide help come next season.
Tamba Hali and Justin Houston are arguably the best combo in the league rushing the quarterback. Overall, the Chiefs linebacking core is a very solid unit. However, when Hali and Houston both missed time with injuries last year, the Chiefs blitz suffered tremendously, which was a huge strong point in the first half of the season. The Chiefs need a versatile player who has the ability to be a starter in the future but is willing to learn from the veterans on the defensive end.
This year’s draft class is very deep at a lot of positions. The Chiefs do not have a second round pick this year due to the success of 2013 and the Alex Smith deal a year ago. The Chiefs are assigned to the 23rd pick in the first round and have many options about what to do with it. Depth, as I stated, is a key concern for the Chiefs and trading their first round pick to attain multiple late round picks may not be a bad idea. The Chiefs are looking forward to another playoff run in 2014 and the offseason is a great place to start to build towards that.
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