By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on April 21, 2014
With no second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs need to make their first-round pick (No. 23 overall) count. Talented players slide down further than expected in every draft. The Chiefs should scoop up the best player available when their selection rolls around, and certainly won't hesitate if he fits one of their major areas of need. Here are five players Kansas City would love to see drop to No. 23 in the first round.
Beckham has been mocked to the Chiefs more than any other player, but the fact is there is a good chance he won't be available for them. A lot of teams are interested in Beckham. If he is available when Kansas City selects, he could help fill holes at wide receiver and return man.
Andy Reid would love to have a guy like Cooks. He's a speedy playmaker with great balance who could bring an immediate impact for the Chiefs. Unfortunately, his incredible college career and impressive combine performance have a lot of teams interested. Kansas City would be lucky to have him if he's available when they select.
As arguably the top safety prospect in the draft (some say Calvin Pryor), the Chiefs would love to have Clinton-Dix slip to No. 23. Kansas City needs help in the secondary, and he fits their needs better than Pryor's strong safety skill set.
Gilbert is projected by most as a top-15 pick, but in a draft so loaded with talent, dropping to No. 23 wouldn't be that crazy. If the Chiefs are lucky enough for that to happen, they shouldn't waste any time snagging him. Gilbert's is probably the best cornerback in the draft (there's an argument for Darqueze Dennard), and he could fill a major area of need for Kansas City.
The Chiefs badly need help on the offensive line and Martin could come in and produce immediately. He started 52 games in his college career, which is a Notre Dame record. Martin's experience and production make him one of the safest picks out there. He's another player projected as a top-15 selection, but again, dropping isn't out of the question for anybody in this draft.
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