Chiefs Draft Preview

The Chiefs were active this off-season but still have big needs going into the NFL Draft.

Kansas City Chiefs
2014 draft picks:
1st round (23), 3(87), 4(124), 5(163), 6(193), 6(200)

Last season Kansas City was a pleasant surprise in Andy Reid's first season as the Chiefs coach. He led K.C. to an 11 win season and into the playoffs. This was a team that was very opportunistic, especially on the defensive side of the football during the regular season. New quarterback Alex Smith played well in his first season under Reid.

Team Needs
1. Wide Receiver
It's imperative that Kansas City get an upgrade here via the draft to compliment Dwayne Bowe and the wide receiver corps. The Chiefs are in a great position to land a gem in round one. It may not be Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans but they would get a good one at No. 23 overall. They could until the second round because this draft is so deep at this position.

2. Defensive Backs
It wouldn't surprise me at all to see K.C. go get a defensive back with their first pick, considering the depth at wide receiver and their pressing need in the secondary at both cornerback and safety. It's an interesting dilemma for Reid and company between these two positions. In addition, you still have to contend with Peyton Manning and the vaunted Broncos passing game. They have to have more stability on the backend.

3. Offensive Line
Offensive tackle Brandon Albert is now a Miami Dolphin. They were wise to draft Eric Fisher last season but they will need to at least pick up one more tackle in this draft. The Chiefs could also use someone on the inside at guard.

4. Tight End
It would greatly help their passing attack if they could draft a tight end for Smith and Reid's passing game.

Jeff Linkenbach (OG)
Vance Walker (DT)
Joe Mays (ILB)
Chris Owens (CB)

No Longer with the Team
Dexter McCluster (WR)
Branden Albert (OT)
Jon Asamoah (OG)
Geoff Schwartz (OG)
Tyson Jackson (DL)
Akeem Jordan (ILB)
Dunta Robinson (CB)
Kendrick Lewis (S)
Quintin Demps (S)

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