By Daniel Schmelzer @D_Schmelzer on April 22, 2014
The Kansas City Chiefs have a roster full of young and talented players who will likely help them be right in the thick of things once again this season. Head coach Andy Reid has this team headed in the right direction, and they can become legitimate contenders with a strong 2014 NFL Draft. Check out who I think the Chiefs will take with each of their picks in the upcoming draft.
While he lacks ideal size for a WR (5-foot-10, 189 pounds), Brandin Cooks is a dynamic athlete who would fit in perfectly across from Dwayne Bowe in the Chiefs' offense. Cooks has incredible speed, quickness and athleticism that makes him a threat to take it to the house on any play. While he is small, Cooks is very tough and willing to go over the middle. Chiefs' fans should be very happy if their team lands Cooks in the first round.
The San Francisco 49ers have the Chiefs' 2nd round pick from the Alex Smith trade. After losing Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah to free agency, offensive line will be an obvious target for the Chiefs in this draft. Jack Mewhort is an experienced player who could likely step in and play either RT or guard position immediately. Mewhort would be a great get for the Chiefs in the 3rd round.
The Chiefs have an obvious need at the FS position, and Brock Vereen could be a great value at this point in the draft. Vereen is a very tough and physical player who showed better than expected athleticism at the combine and in workouts. He has the talent to play right away at a much needed position. What more could you ask for in the 4th round?
I could easily see the Chiefs doubling up at the safety position in this draft, and Marqueston Huff seems to be the perfect player to do so. Huff is an athletic, ball-hawking safety who would seem to be a perfect compliment to SS Eric Berry. In this scenario, the Chiefs would let Huff and Vereen have a full blown competition to see who takes the starting spot. Huff also has the potential to play CB; having versatility is always a plus.
Ed Stinson is a bit of a tweener prospect, but I think he would fit nicely as a DE in the Chiefs' 3-4 defense. Stinson is stout against the run, and has underrated pass rush abilities. He was a key contributor on Special Teams for Alabama, and that is always a huge plus for a young player. Stinson would be a great fit at a position of need in the Chiefs' defense.
Anthony Steen would give the Chiefs some much needed depth on the interior offensive line. Steen had a very successful college career, as one of the best offensive lineman on a dominant Alabama team. It remains to be seen if Steen has the strength and athleticism to make it in the NFL, but it is rare to get such a productive player at a position of need this late in the draft.
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