By Daniel Schmelzer @D_Schmelzer on April 18, 2014
After a somewhat surprising 11-5 season, the Kansas City Chiefs have been very quiet so far this offseason. If they expect to build on their success in 2013, Kansas City must fill key needs and add impact talent in the 2014 NFL Draft. Led by Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and a good defense, the Chiefs have an opportunity to compete right now, but they must draft successfully. Here are five draft prospects every Chiefs fan should get to know.
The Chiefs have an obvious hole at the FS position, and Terrence Brooks is a prospect at the position who they are being linked to in the middle rounds. Brooks has nice speed and athleticism that gives him good range in the back of a defense. He is a smart player who does a great job of locating where the ball is going to be thrown. He also has nice ball skills. Brooks would be a great fit in Kansas City.
After a disappointing pro day workout, Teddy Bridgewater has been slipping down draft boards. Even though they have Smith under center, recent rumors suggest that the Chiefs like Bridgewater and would take the former projected top overall player if he is available to them with the No. 23 overall pick. In this scenario, Bridgewater would certainly be riding the pine this coming season, but it would give the Chiefs their future at the QB position.
Brandin Cooks is a dynamic wide receiver with great speed and elusiveness. What he lacks in size (5-foot-9, 189-pounds), Cooks makes up for with athleticism and toughness, as he is not afraid to go over the middle. The Chiefs have needs at WR, and Cooks would be an explosive player who could step in immediately.
Jimmie Ward appears to be the perfect fit as a safety partner to Chiefs SS Eric Berry. Kansas City likes to bring Berry up to help with the run, leaving their FS deep alone. Ward is the best coverage safety in this class,and would be the perfect player to handle center field duties for the Chiefs. Selecting him at No. 23 may be a bit of a reach, but I could see the Chiefs trading back a bit to target Ward.
Most mock drafts have the Chiefs selecting Marqise Lee with the No. 23 overall pick. Lee is an explosive player at the WR position with a ton of upside. He has incredible raw talent and leaping ability to go with his impressive speed and elusiveness. That said, Lee's hands are not reliable, and he was inconsistent throughout his college career. He certainly carries some risk, but Lee has plenty of upside and would fill a need for the Chiefs.
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