Here’s a quick little internet scavenger hunt for you: find a mock draft that doesn’t have the Kansas City Chiefs selecting a wide receiver with the No. 23 overall pick. They’re out there, but you will probably go through 10-20 in which a wideout is forecasted as their first-round pick before you find one.
There hasn’t been a lot of variety in terms of positions covered for the Chiefs, but there has been a wide array of wide receivers. Odell Beckham Jr., Kelvin Benjamin, Marqise Lee, Brandin Cooks and Cody Latimer are frequently in the mix, along with a few others.
With such a glaring need at the position and so many great wide receivers in this draft, it is the most likely possibility, but definitely not the only one. When asked in Friday’s pre-draft press conference who he would select, GM John Dorsey simply stated “best available player.”
Dorsey also pointed out how someone once told him “not to pass up a good player.” It’s pretty clear the Chiefs won’t be aiming for any one position, which is the smart play. Even if the biggest impact player available is at a position of strength for Kansas City, it still makes sense to snag him.
With rookie contracts much less lavish than they used to be, the first four to five years of a player’s career is the optimal time to get them to outperform their contracts. Teams should make their personnel decisions around what talent happens to come their way in the draft, and not their draft decisions based on what personnel they have. It’s the best way to get the most talented team possible under the salary cap.
Wide receiver is still the most likely option for the Chiefs when you consider that it’s arguably the deepest position in the draft. However, if a better player at another position drops to No. 23, Chiefs fans should take comfort in the fact that Dorsey will likely snatch him up.