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2014 NFL Draft: Ranking the Kansas City Chiefs’ Top 5 Needs

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NFL Draft 2014: Ranking the Kansas City Chiefs' Top 5 Needs

Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs, NFL Draft Needs
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The Kansas City Chiefs were the most improved team in the NFL in 2013. After having the worst record in the NFL in 2012 at 2-14, Kansas City bounced back with a 11-5 record in 2013. Kansas City regained credibility in 2013, and the next step is to become a Super Bowl contender. The only two ways to do that is through free agency and the NFL Draft.

Improving through free agency could be a problem for the Chiefs. They only have about $9 million in cap space and with Brandon Albert, Dexter McCluster and Tyson Jackson all free agents, there is a good chance they lose more than they gain in free agency.

That means the draft will be extremely important for Kansas City. On offense the Chiefs could use help at the WR position, the TE position and if Brandon Albert leaves, that would leave a big void along the offensive line.

On defense Kansas City had a strong unit, but even the strongest units can use depth. The defensive line could take a hit if Tyson Jackson leaves in free agency. They could also use another linebacker, a safety and when you play in the same division as Peyton Manning, you can never have enough cornerbacks.

There is no way that Kansas City can get a player at all these positions in the draft, but the good news is, it doesn't have to. What it does have to do is fill some of them, and here is how I would rank its top five positional needs heading into the draft.

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5. Linebacker

Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs, NFL Draft
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Kansas City has three great LBs and one average one. As long as the top three stay healthy, it will be fine. However, if it can add a LB it would make it feel better about the position.

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4. Defensive Line

Tyson Jackson, Kansas City Chiefs
John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City’s defensive line is one of the team’s top strengths, but if it can find another DL to add to the group, it would make its front four even nastier.

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3. Safety

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, NFL Draft
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Eric Berry is quickly becoming one of the best safeties in the NFL, but the other safety position was lacking in 2013. It is not the top need, but if Kansas City could add a Pro Bowl caliber safety in the draft it would make it that much better.

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2. Tight End

Jace Amaro, NFL Draft
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Kansas City’s offense was a conservative one in 2013. It relied on All-Pro running back Jamal Charles to do most of its damage. QB Alex Smith has always liked to throw to his TE, and I believe Kansas City should attempt to upgrade that position in the draft.

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1. Wide Receiver

Mike Evans, NFL Draft
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

I believe the No. 1 need for Kansas City is WR. Dwayne Bowe is currently the Chiefs No. 1 WR, but he has two major issues. First of all, he drops the ball too much. Secondly, he gets in trouble off the field too much. This makes the Chiefs always have to worry about whether or not he will be suspended. This is a good draft year for WRs, and the Chiefs should make it their top priority.