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2014 NFL Draft: Kansas City Chiefs’ Early Seven-Round Mock

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Kansas City Chiefs' Seven-Round Mock

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Even while enjoying the best start to a season in franchise history, it’s never too early for the Kansas City Chiefs to start looking towards the offseason and the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. There are numerous areas they must improve in, and there won’t be a better opportunity to get better than the draft.

Of those areas needing improvement, one of the biggest is wide receiver. The Chiefs currently have Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, and Dexter McCluster at the position, and yet can’t seem to find consistent production from any of them. While Bowe is a legitimate No. 1 receiver, the Chiefs need to bring aboard a capable compliment who can split the defense’s attention.

The Chiefs still need help elsewhere, though. Alex Smith has played well at quarterback, but obviously isn’t the long-term answer under center. Adding an early-round talent with starter potential will be a good move for the Chiefs’ future. Kansas City also needs help at tight end, where they can’t find any sort of stability. Their defense could also use some extra depth at both inside linebacker and the defensive line.

Either way, the Chiefs need to make the most of their draft picks in May. The 2014 NFL Draft will offer Kansas City an opportunity to keep their roster fresh while filling the few holes that have opened up through the early part of the 2013 campaign.

With that in mind, here’s a look at what the Chiefs could choose to do with their seven current draft picks when the 2014 NFL Draft finally rolls around.

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1st Round: Jordan Matthews, WR Vanderbilt

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Plain and simple, the Chiefs need more help out wide. Dwayne Bowe is suffering from an off year and several of the other receivers are headed for free agency. With a late-first-round pick, the Chiefs need to improve on their receiving corps. Matthews is a big, physical receiver who plays faster than his 40 time shows. He has very reliable hands and the frame to box out smaller defenders. When he finally gets to playing with a quality quarterback, there’s no telling how high the ceiling is with Matthews.

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3rd Round: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

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While Smith has been a pleasant surprise this season, the Chiefs need to consider looking for a quality quarterback who can eventually take over as their starter. Murray has the productivity to back up his billing as a mid-round talent, and definitely has the tools to evolve into a starter in the NFL. His height and decision-making will be concerns leading up to the draft, but the potential is there and the Chiefs would be wise to roll the dice with Murray.

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4th Round: Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia

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One of the biggest pieces the Chiefs are missing on offense is a consistent tight end who can make an impact as a receiver and a blocker. Anthony Fasano has held his own, but another capable tight end is needed moving forward. Lynch is a well-rounded player who has the speed/athleticism combo to make plays as a pass-cathcer, as well as the strength/technique to be a reliable blocker. Smith needs more weapons to work with, and Lynch would be an excellent addition to the arsenal.

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5th Round: Max Bullough, ILB, Michigan State

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There’s no denying that Derrick Johnson is a productive inside linebacker, but Akeem Jordan hasn’t exactly been a consistent playmaker this season. Moving forward, the Chiefs would be better off with a more reliable option at the other inside spot. Bullough is one of the top run defenders in the 2014 class, using elite instincts and vision to mirror anything the offense throws at him. His straight-line speed is underwhelming, but he plays fast and is a capable cover linebacker. Definitely a steal in the fifth round.

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6th Round (via DAL): Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon

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The Chiefs clearly have a talented defensive line, but free agency and depth are reasons behind the selection of Hart here. Tyson Jackson is scheduled to be a free agent in 2014, and Kansas City doesn’t have a plethora of depth along their 3-4 front. Hart is a physical, versatile lineman with the ability to play either defensive end or defensive tackle. He’s been a productive player for the Ducks, and should develop into a quality rotational defender in the NFL.

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6th Round: T.J. Jones, WR, Notre Dame

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With so many questions at receiver, why not add another one to the mix? Especially with so few holes in the roster, the Chiefs can afford to splurge on the position heading into 2014. Jones is a reliable target who uses excellent hands and a competitive attitude to make plays. Although he’s a bit limited in terms of speed, leaping ability and natural playmaking instincts, the Notre Dame product has a nice skill set that should translate to a respectable NFL career.

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