By Daniel Schmelzer @D_Schmelzer on April 18, 2014
Most mock drafts in the industry have the Kansas City Chiefs selecting a WR like Marqise Lee or Brandin Cooks with their first round pick (23rd overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft. While a talented WR like that would certainly add a much needed dimension to the Chiefs' offense, this WR class is deep, and the Chiefs have other needs. Waiting on WR and filling one of those other needs in the first round is the best strategy for the Chiefs.
Zack Martin is a versatile offensive line prospect who would bring some much needed depth to the Chiefs' o-line. Martin was a tackle in college, but most think he will be better suited as a guard in the NFL. Regardless, the Chiefs need talented players at both positions, and Martin is certainly a capable talent. The versatility is just the cherry on top.
While Brandon Flowers is a great NFL cornerback, guys like Sean Smith and Marcus Cooper seemed to constantly get beat on the outside last season. Darqueze Dennard is a physical corner with great press coverage and man-to-man skills. He would instantly upgrade the position for Kansas City, and he brings elite shutdown corner upside.
Kansas City has an obvious need at the FS position, and if he is still available at 23, Calvin Pryor would be a good pick. Pryor is an extremely athletic and aggressive safety who always seems to be around the ball. Sometimes his aggressiveness gets him into trouble, but the upside that his talent brings is very intriguing.
Teddy Bridgewater has been sliding down draft boards, and it now seems realistic (if not likely) that he will be there for the Chiefs with the 23rd pick. Alex Smith was great last season, but he is likely nothing more than a stop gap. Bridgewater was once considered one of the best prospects in this draft, and has all the tools to be a good NFL starter. He would sit on the bench for his rookie year, but Bridgewater is a legitimate option at 23.
Jimmie Ward is the best coverage safety in this class. His great field coverage and ball skills would allow SS Eric Berry to roam free near the line of scrimmage. I think Ward is a perfect fit for the Chiefs. That said, taking him at 23 may be a bit of a reach. I would not be surprised to see the Chiefs look to trade back, pick up some mid-round picks and target Ward at the very end of the first round.
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