By Brian Kalchik @RantsportsBrian on April 30, 2014
So far in recent mock drafts, the Kansas City Chiefs are projected to select a wide receiver like Kelvin Benjamin or Marqise Lee, two players who would address the Chiefs' most major need at wide receiver. But which positions or scenarios would be the absolute worst for the Chiefs with their first-round pick?
Here are the five worst-case scenarios for the Chiefs in Round 1.
As tempting as it is to draft a cornerback in the first round, especially being in the same division as Peyton Manning and the high-octane Denver Broncos, the Chiefs' biggest priority should be trying to outscore Manning and the Broncos instead of containing him, which resulted in two losses last year. Kansas City's defense was good enough last year, but the offense was not, especially the passing game. TCU's Jason Verrett could be around at 23.
After having a solid season last year with the Chiefs, quarterback Alex Smith still has some question marks after almost 10 years in the league. With Andy Reid's penchant for drafting quarterbacks early (Kevin Kolb in 2007) and some top prospects like Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr and even Johnny Manziel expected to be around at No. 23, he temptation is there. But a backup quarterback won't help dethrone Denver this year.
Should the top wide receivers in this year's draft be gone by the time Kansas City is on the clock, a tight end prospect like Jace Amaro or Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be under consideration as another pass catcher for Alex Smith. But the Chiefs selected Travis Kelce in the third round last year and had a breakout year by Sean McGrath, so another tight end would not be answer in the first round.
If all of the Chiefs' top players on their board are gone at 23, they could very well trade out of the first round with the hopes of getting more draft picks or even a player in a deal. This scenario, while practical, would not help the Chiefs down the road as they need an elite prospect in this year's draft even without a second-round pick. The Chiefs could get a safety (a need) like Jimmie Ward in the first round without trading out.
Last year proved that the Kansas City Chiefs, under Andy Reid and Jamaal Charles, will be around for awhile. If the Chiefs desperately want a playmaking wide receiver not named Sammy Watkins, they would have to trade into the top-10 to select Texas A&M's Mike Evans. Trading up for Evans would be too costly for the Chiefs and mortgage their future too much.
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