5 Potential First-Round Scenarios for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2014 NFL Draft
5 Potential First-Round Scenarios For Kansas City Chiefs
Coming off a 2012 season where they finished 2-14, the expectations were not very high entering 2013 for the Kansas City Chiefs. Most people thought Kansas City would improve after hiring new coach Andy Reid and trading for QB Alex Smith. However, nobody could have predicted it would be the biggest turnaround in NFL history.
Kansas City fans had to believe they were dreaming when the Chiefs started the season by winning their first nine games. Kansas City won with the great running of Jamal Charles and a tenacious defense that held each of their first nine opponents to 17 points or less.
If the first nine games were a dream for Chiefs’ fans, the last eight games were a nightmare. Kansas City lost six of their final eight games. The defense that had been so stout the first nine games suffered injuries to key players and allowed 23 or more points in all but one game.
Even with the disappointing end to the 2013 season, it still qualifies as a successful one. The Chiefs’ 2013 success can, in large part, be credited to what they have done in the last few NFL Drafts.
So as Kansas City heads into the offseason, their goal will be to get to that next level of NFL teams. If the Chiefs can continue their recent draft success, they might be able to take that next step from playoff contender to Super Bowl contender. As we look ahead to this year’s draft, here are five potential possibilities for Kansas City’s first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
5. Select S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Kansas City has a very good defense, but when you play in a division with Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers, the more defenders, the better. If Kansas City could pair Clinton-Dix, the hard-hitting safety from Alabama, with current safety Eric Berry, it could make wide receivers think twice before coming over the middle against the Chiefs.
4. Select LB C.J. Mosley
Speaking of hard-hitting defenders, another player the Chiefs should consider is Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley. Mosley would fit in perfectly with current linebackers Derrick Johnson, Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. Adding Mosley would give the Chiefs one of the best linebacker groups in the entire NFL.
3. Select WR Kelvin Benjamin
I believe the position where Kansas City needs the most help is wide receiver. Kansas City needs a dynamic receiver who can strike fear into a defense. Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State could be that type of player. At 6-foot-5 and 235-pounds, he would be a mismatch for most defensive backs, especially in the red zone.
2. Select WR Mike Evans
Another big WR who could be available is Mike Evans from Texas A&M. Everyone knows the numbers that Johnny Manziel put up in college, and a lot of his big plays came from throws to Mike Evans. I believe Evans can be a Demaryius Thomas-type weapon.
1. Trade Up For WR Sammy Watkins
The Chiefs would likely have to trade up in the draft to get the No. 1 WR prospect out of Clemson, but it might be worth it. While at Clemson, Watkins set practically every receiving record in school history. Although at 6-foot-1 he is not as tall as Benjamin or Evans, Watkins is faster and more polished at route running.