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    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl-draft-needs-chief s-152000882--nfl.html

    NFL Draft Needs: Chiefs By Evan Silva 54 minutes ago Rotoworld





    evan silva (@evansilva) is the senior football editor for rotoworld's nfl page, and josh norris (@joshnorris) leads rotoworld's college football and nfl draft coverage. together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential solutions in may's draft.
    for a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by team draft preview schedule.


    No. 1 Team Need: Offensive Line

    Silva's analysis

    left tackle branden albert, right guard geoff schwartz, and top interior reserve jon asamoah all left in free agency. left guard jeff allen struggled mightily for a second straight season, while c rodney hudson is entering a contract year. 2013 no. 1 overall pick eric fisher was a letdown as a rookie, and swing tackle donald stephenson is best suited for a backup role. beyond fisher, the chiefs have little settled long term on their offensive line. they may use multiple draft picks here.

    Norris' options

    first day option: g xavier su’a-filo, ucla - the top pure guard in this class, su’a-filo is extremely agile for an interior offensive lineman. he easily gets to the second level and can reach laterally when needing to seal a opponents. despite his pear shape, su’a-filo is an extremely strong and aggressive blocker. he is always looking for an uncovered defender when left open at the snap.

    second day possibility: g dakota dozier, furman - dozier is another prospect making the move from left tackle to guard, but he looked very comfortable in tight spaces at the east west shrine game and when covered by a tight end at furman. he can bend at the knees to absorb in pass protection or drive block with an athletic lower half.

    third day flier: c gabe ikard, oklahoma - ikard will struggle to hold up against face up nose tackles at this point in his development, but he is a move center with mobility. his game is all about reaching and getting in front of defensive linemen or linebackers. ikard is an occupier.

    No. 2 Team Need: Safety

    Silva's analysis

    the chiefs predictably let incumbent fs kendrick lewis leave without a fight, and salary-cap constraints prevented them from replacing him before the draft. converted cornerback sanders commings is currently penciled in at free safety. it's a position at which kansas city figures to use a high draft pick, perhaps as early as no. 23 overall. as ss eric berry is at his best playing close to the line of scrimmage, bob sutton's defense could use a rangy safety to roam center field.

    Norris' options

    first day option: jimmie ward, niu - i think i have mentioned ward more often than any other prospect in these previews, but for good reason. after ha ha clinton-dix, ward is the next best safety in this class, but could be the third one selected. ward played man coverage at the line of scrimmage, in the box and in the deeper portions of the field. he has some kenny vaccaro in his game.

    second day possibility: brock vereen, minnesota - there just are not enough true free safeties in this class. vereen has played more in the box and in man coverage as a nickel corner. many teams are moving towards three safeties in nickel situations rather than three corners. vereen can fill this role.

    third day flier: ed reynolds, stanford - reynolds is at his best keeping the pass and the run in front of him. he loses ground when opening his hips and transitioning. he can read the quarterback’s eyes in the hopes of getting a jump on the intended target.

    No. 3 Team Need: Wide Receiver

    Silva's analysis

    the chiefs were the only team in the nfl in 2013 whose tailback led them in targets, catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns. andy reid deserves a lot of credit for expanding alex smith's willingness to pull the trigger over the course of the season, but smith won't continue his growth without better weapons. kansas city also lost dexter mccluster's 53 receptions in free agency.

    Norris' options

    First day option: Marqise Lee, USC - Lee had a down 2013, specifically due to a drop rate of over 12 percent. He was mainly used on inside and outside breaking routes in the short to intermediate levels of the field. This is where Alex Smith is at his best. Lee is a fluid mover with body control, which allows him to separate on the ground or create a sliver of space when adjusting for the catch.

    Second day possibility: Jarvis Landry, LSU - Landry is a thick slot receiver who wins with little wasted movement, timing and the best hands in this draft. He’s not a straight-line speedster, but Landry would help Smith in the short and intermediate levels. He can also win in contested situations.

    Third day flier: Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest - You all might think I’m stereotyping, but Campanaro does his best work in the slot. With that said, he did flash a few vertical catches.

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    Fascinating, and believe me, I like O-Lineman as much or more than any Chiefs fan.

    BUT, if you had a guy like Beckham or Cooks fall to #23 and have a 336 lb tank like G Gabe Jackson fall to you at #87 and take those guys, then that's a lot better than taking the Guard Sia-Fulo at #23, because I can't see Sua-Filo being THAT much better than Jackson.

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    This is one of the most puzzling drafts for me in a long time. It can also be argued that you can reverse the order by taking Su’a-filo and the best WR available at 87. This is supposed to be a deep WR draft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenchief View Post
    This is one of the most puzzling drafts for me in a long time. It can also be argued that you can reverse the order by taking Su’a-filo and the best WR available at 87. This is supposed to be a deep WR draft.
    Precisely why I'm more concerned about the group of players that they come away with more so than who they take with their top draft pick & quite frankly I hope they are able to trade down with somebody and get extra picks.

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    you have to wait to see who is available @ #23
    if teddy bridgewater is available at #23 you select him

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    if bridgewater isnt i dont want a trade down
    players available at #23 to good to pass on players like ryan shazier odell beckham sua-filo calvin pryor brandin cooks will be available...to trade down means giving up on one of these probowl talented players for a class b talent like latimer yankey or borland
    stay at 23 and take the best player on the board...do not draft out of need it is the most absolute stupid thing a gm can do...unless of course you are lucky enough that you best availble also fills a need

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    Quote Originally Posted by brdempsey69 View Post
    ... & quite frankly I hope they are able to trade down with somebody and get extra picks.
    That has been may favorite scenario as well. It sucks that in a deep draft we only have 6 picks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevefuller View Post
    you have to wait to see who is available @ #23
    if teddy bridgewater is available at #23 you select him
    WRONG! If Teddy is available at 23 you answer the phone and get into wheeling and dealing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenchief View Post
    WRONG! If Teddy is available at 23 you answer the phone and get into wheeling and dealing.
    Nail on the head! There's too many teams needing a good QB. And at that point, they'll be desperate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenchief View Post
    WRONG! If Teddy is available at 23 you answer the phone and get into wheeling and dealing.
    You got that right. The Chiefs DON'T need to draft a QB. The QB spot is no longer a weakness on this team and no QB at that spot ( or any spot ) has more upside than Bray does.

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