Best Position Available for the Chiefs?

With the 2015 NFL Draft just days away, the Kansas City Chiefs must answer a few questions before they begin their selections on Thursday. However, the big question will be if they go for depth, starters or settle on the best position available.

Kansas City Chiefs General Manager, John Dorsey made it clear he’s of the opinion you generally take the best player available on the board when you’re on the clock. With a strong off-season, the team has put themselves in a position to draft any number of BPA’s they can find in rounds one through seven.

For those that think the BPA is flawed, what happens if either, Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota, were to fall to 18th slot. Do the Chiefs take a QB just because they are the best player on the board? With Alex Smith in the fold and four back-ups on the roster, the BPA might not be the case for the Chiefs should either quarterback fall.

Before the off-season began, the biggest point of discussion had been at wide receiver. When Dorsey cut veteran receivers, Donnie Avery & A.J. Jenkins, it was clear the Chiefs planned on making roster adjustments at the position.

In the early stages of free agency, they inked free agent Wide Receiver, Jeremy Maclin to bolster the position. That signing led to the departure of veteran, Dwayne Bowe, and suddenly the Chiefs could dream about touchdowns again.

With Maclin and veteran, Jason Avant in the fold for 2015, this still remains a big focus for the Chiefs in the draft. Yet the debate at one Arrowhead drive on taking a receiver in round one could be tempered by the fact the Chiefs have a young guns in Albert Wilson and DE’ Anthony Thomas. Don't forget the team took a flyer on troubled receiver, Da'Rick Rogers, he could be a sleeper roster addition in September. However, what if Kansas State standout Tyler Lockett slides to the Chiefs in the second round. Do the Chiefs take him with other needs on the roster?

Most people agree the Chiefs biggest need remain offensive line. Last years unit was anything but efficient. To start Left Tackle, Eric Fisher, has been anything but spectacular in two seasons with the Chiefs. He’s played both right and left tackle, and barring a draft shocker, Fisher will open the season on the left side of the line. Still he’s battled injuries so hopefully those are behind him entering year three.

Another health casualty in 2014, Guard Jeff Allen, should be ready to go in training camp and likely will compete for the starting right tackle spot along with Donald Stephenson and former Green Bay Packers 2011 first rounder, Derek Sherrod. On the interior, the Chiefs added Pro Bowl Guard Ben Grubbs in a trade with the New Orleans Saints, and signed former Arizona Cardinals right guard, Paul Fanaika to compete with last years starting right guard, Zach Fulton. In the middle, Eric Kush has been tabbed to replace, Rodney Hudson at center.

On the defensive side, the Chiefs open the 2015 campaign with less question marks. Defensive End, Allen Bailey had the best year of his career and KC awarded him with a new contract. Veteran, Mike Devito selfishly lowered his contract numbers, in the midst of his off-season rehab, allowing to the Chiefs to add some free agents. If you add a healthy DeVito, Mike Catapano, combined with Nose Tackle, Dontari Poe, suddenly you have the makings of a top notch defensive line in Kansas City.

Though this team is thin at inside linebacker, the bigger issue remains in the secondary. With the addition of Tyvon Branch at safety, the re-signing of Ron Parker, the Chiefs have two proven starter and some depth in the event, Eric Berry, needs to take a year off.

At cornerback, it’s a given veteran, Sean Smith, will be suspended to begin the season. That’s why the Chiefs drafted Phillip Gaines last season and Sanders Commings two years earlier. Commings is the wild card on this defense and good insurance for Smith who is entering his free agent year. Commings Injured in both 2013 and 2014, he could become what this defense ordered at cornerback, especially if Marcus Cooper doesn’t shake his sophomore blues of a year ago. No matter who is in the secondary for the Chiefs, they must elevate their game, if this team plans on competing in the pass heavy AFC West in 2015.

That could mean the Chiefs take Michigan State Cornerback, Trae Waynes in round one if he falls as some are projecting to be the case for the top corner in this draft.

In summary, the Chiefs have needs to fill on both sides of the ball with each of their ten draft picks. For those looking into the crystal ball as to what Dorsey intends to do in the coming days, it’s pretty obvious he intends to use the BPA formula that’s been his moniker since he arrived in Kansas City.


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