The Kansas City Chiefs have an important draft coming up in just a few weeks. As the 2019 champions, the Kansas City Chiefs fell short last year with a loss to the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.
It is now clear that the Chiefs have some things to fix. After getting some things addressed through free agency, they will now have the opportunity to fix some more issues in the draft.
Kansas City was exposed by the Buccaneers defensive unit in the Super Bowl. They got to Patrick Mahomes whenever they wanted. Due to injuries among the offensive line, Mahomes was running for his life most of the game.
The offensive line cannot help to be injured because they don’t control how their bodies react. However, the Chiefs can control who they sign and the type of players they are.
Last season, Kansas City had nearly no good depth on the line. In other words, they really were not prepared for their two best linemen to be hurt. Now, they went and signed an offensive lineman who has not missed a game in five years in Joe Thuney.
However, the Chiefs still have work to do in the draft. They have needs in a lot of areas, along with the offensive line. Therefore, I ranked the Chiefs needs from greatest to least.
Chiefs Biggest Needs Before Draft
It is no secret the Chiefs need help up front protecting their quarterback. Yes, they did just spend a lot of money on a guy whose job is to do just that. However, the 2019 Champions need more depth. It’s way better to draft a tackle or guard and develop them. It is also and way cheaper than signing a veteran in free agency.
The Chiefs have some decent pieces at linebacker but could easily use some more help. Last year, they drafted Willie gay Jr. from Mississippi State, but he did not get a lot of playing time. While Gay Jr. showed flashes of potential, the Chiefs were set on Ben Niemann, Dorian O’Daniel, and Anthony Hitchens. Those guys were fine, but the position could definitely be improved, especially if they want to compete with a team like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Chiefs are going into the 2021-2022 season without a true wide receiver two. Of course, the Chiefs have two great receiving options in Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, but not a third option or second wide receiver. With Sammy Watkins now in Baltimore with the Ravens, the Chiefs make some decisions in the draft. While Mecole Hardman is still developing, the Chiefs still need some more options. If a guy with size is available when they draft, they should heavily consider it. Terrace Marshall or even Seth Williams would be an ideal fit for Kansas City. They both have staggering speed with great size. As of now, no one really knows what trick Brett Veach will pull out of his bag.
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