By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on March 14, 2014
The first wave of free agency has passed, and the Kansas City Chiefs have lost a lot more than they've gained. Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz, Jon Asamoah, Dexter McCluster and Tyson Jackson hit the road almost immediately after the market opened. The Chiefs aren't done with free agency yet, but it looks like the they'll have to count on the NFL draft to fill some of their needs. Let's look at some updated 1st round scenarios for the team.
The Chiefs' secondary needs a boost, and Pryor could be their answer. The crop of safeties isn't very deep in this year's draft. If the Chiefs want someone to contribute immediately at the position, they'll likely need to grab one in the first round.
Hidden beneath all the Jadeveon Clowney and Michael Sam media attention is former Missouri Tiger Kony Ealy. The Chiefs lost Tyson Jackson to the Atlanta Falcons, and Ealy has the skill set to be more than just the pure run-stopper Jackson was with Kansas City.
Beckham has been linked to Kansas City in a lot of mock drafts, which makes sense. Not only is he the speedster type that Andy Reid loves, but he can also fill the team's need for a return specialist. The Chiefs are rumored to have interest in free agent wideouts Joe Morgan and Emmanuel Sanders, but they should look to snag a receiver in this draft at some point. The talent pool is just too deep to pass up completely this year.
The Chiefs would be wise to trade down for more picks in this draft, if they can find a buyer. Moncrief would be a perfect player to target if the team trades for a pick in the second round. He was a head-turner at the combine, and is still being undervalued.
Tuitt is another player the Chiefs should target if they can trade down. He is a gifted athlete who may drop a bit in the draft due to a foot injury that kept him out of most combine drills. The Chiefs need to be bargain hunters this offseason. If other teams are afraid to draft someone they were unable to get a close look at, Kansas City should take advantage.
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