With the Kansas City Chiefs receiving corps lacking as is and Dexter McCluster possibly on his way out of town, Kansas City’s 2014 pass attack may well be defined by what moves John Dorsey can make this offseason.
With Dwayne Bowe the only sure thing for now, the Chiefs are afforded the opportunity to entirely revamp their receiver position and gather pieces that best complement coach Andy Reid‘s scheme. But with only a small amount of cap space to work with, assembling the right parts will be easier said than done.
Kansas City will likely attempt to land at least one receiver through both free agency and the draft this offseason. But with the majority of pundits agreeing the Chiefs’ largest concern lies within their secondary, Kansas City will likely use their first pick — No. 23 overall — on a defensive back.
As the Chiefs traded their second-round pick away to the San Francisco 49ers in last year’s deal for QB Alex Smith, their next opportunity to scoop a wideout will be in round three. One under-the-radar name that should still be on the board at this juncture is Baylor WR Tevin Reese.
The 5-foot-10 Reese was one of the most versatile receivers in the NCAA throughout his four-year career at Baylor, lining up mostly in the slot as well as providing a viable deep threat despite his lack of size. A single misstep off the line by opposing defenders often results in complete blown coverage against a guy like Reese. Think of him as somewhat of a poor man’s Tavon Austin.
Reese has slipped on many draft boards following his wrist injury he suffered midway through 2013. In only seven games before being injured, he registered 33 receptions for 824 yards alongside eight touchdowns. It was the third consecutive year that Reese recorded over 800 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.
Reese accomplished this feat despite not lining up as his team’s primary receiver until his senior season. Playing behind the likes of Josh Gordon, Kendall Wright and Terrance Williams, Reese has seen the formula for success and is familiar with what an NFL-caliber wide receiver looks like.
By the way, is anybody checking the water in Waco? Seriously, what are they giving these guys? The sudden explosion of talent at the wide receiver position for Baylor over the past few years has been hard not to notice. I don’t know whether to credit Art Briles or Baylor’s pro-style offense, but they’re doing something right down there. The three aforementioned Bears all made immediate impacts in the league, and there’s no reason to believe that Reese would be any different.
If they can snag Reese in the third or fourth round, it’d be a great low-risk/high-reward investment for the Chiefs. At his worst Reese is a mid-level slot receiver, but at his best he’s a total game changer who opposing defenses’ set their entire game plan around. Which one he becomes remains to be seen, but Kansas City would be wise to consider the undervalued Reese come May.