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MID-SEASON LOOK: CHIEFS DRAFT NEEDS

QB Alex Smith is in a contract year.  Will the Chiefs look to add a young gun for the future?

QB Alex Smith is in a contract year. Will the Chiefs look to add a young gun for the future?

BY LIAM QUIBELL
@LiamQuibell19

Kansas City is having a year to remember as they currently sit 9-0, the best record in the league.  Despite their great record, however, they have two games against the Broncos left as well as a Week 16 matchup vs. the Colts.  But despite a tough last half of the schedule, it is safe to say the Chiefs will pick in the 25-30 range in the Draft.

Andy Reid’s boys are playing phenomenally, but there are still some issues they need to address, mostly on the offensive side, to take that next step.

QUARTERBACK
Alex Smith is a decent NFL quarterback but I don’t see him taking a team to the Super Bowl.  Next year will be a contract year for Smith, so drafting a quarterback early will put the pressure on Smith to perform and it will also give a young QB a chance to play. If the Chiefs decided to pick up a QB late in the first I can see them going with Derek Carr from Fresno Sate or UCLA’s Brett Hundley. If the Chiefs decided to go a different route in the first round, Georgia’s Aaron Murray or Alabama’s A.J. McCarron may be good pickups on Day 2.

The Chiefs might part ways with the overpaid Dwayne Bowe, meaning they could target at receiver like Penn State's Allen Robinson in the early rounds.

The Chiefs might part ways with the overpaid Dwayne Bowe, meaning they could target at receiver like Penn State’s Allen Robinson in the early rounds.

WIDE RECEIVER
With Dwayne Bowe in hot water and playing poorly it might be time to replace him. The Chiefs already have speedsters like Donnie Avery and Dexter McCluster, so they may be inclined to pick up a big target like Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews or Penn State’s Allen Robinson late in the first, or possibly Brandon Coleman from Rutgers or Devin Street from Pittsburgh in the middle rounds.

TIGHT END
Anthony Fasano is playing well for the Chiefs this year but with little need for help on the defensive side of the ball, the Chiefs might go out and get a TE in the middle rounds.  Guys they might be interested in include Marcel Jensen from Fresno State or Arthur Lynch from Georgia.

SAFETY
If there is one position on the defensive side of the ball that needs help it is free safety.  Eric Berry and Quentin Demps make up a great 1-2 punch at strong safety but a free safety like Lamarcus Joyner from Florida State in the second round would just make their defense that much stronger.

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Chiefs Moving Up for Tannehill?

Rumors are starting to circulate that the brass in Kansas City aren’t incredibly committed to Matt Cassel as a franchise quarterback.  This has obviously started even more rumblings about their intentions heading into the draft, and those rumblings are starting to swirl around the possibility of trading up from their #11 overall selection in the first round to take Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill.

Let’s take a look at some of the potential scenarios the Chiefs could be looking at:

Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill

1. Trading up to #5 (Tampa Bay) – This would be an on-the-clock type of situation, because the Browns are the keystone of this scenario.  The Bucs will need to see if Alabama RB Trent Richardson is still on the board before wanting to trade down from #5, and with the Browns also being strongly linked to the Tide runner, they will have a huge bearing on what the Bucs end up doing.  The Browns are also linked to Tannehill, however, which makes them even more involved setting off this scenario, because if they do take Tannehill at #4, this scenario obviously becomes moot.  The Bucs stake in all of this is that if Richardson is off the board, and if they’re not completely sold on LSU CB Morris Claiborne, they will be looking hard to a trade partner.  Their particular targets are likely Boston College LB Luke Kuechly and Alabama S Mark Barron (who becomes of even more interest to them following today’s release of Tanard Jackson).  Trading down to K.C.’s pick at #11 would allow them to stay ahead of the teams most likely to grab those two players (Seattle at #12 for Kuechly, Dallas at #14 for Barron).

2. Trading up to #6 (St. Louis) – This scenario is likely if the Browns take Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon at #4, and the Bucs take Richardson at #5.  With their top two targets off the board, the Rams would likely be willing to trade down, and could still get a shot at the next-best WR (Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd), or perhaps a top pass-rusher (North Carolina’s Quinton Coples).  For Kansas City, this deal would still get them ahead of the Dolphins, who are the most popular choice for where Tannehill is likely to end up, absent any trades.

3. Trading up to #7 (Jacksonville) – Again, each of these scenarios are about the Chiefs getting ahead of Miami, who are the strongest candidate to take Tannehill if things remain as they are.  Jacksonville makes sense as a trading partner because they, much like the Rams, are looking for help at receiver and also an impact pass-rusher.  Floyd and Coples, as well as South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram, could all still be on the board at #11, should they strike the deal with the Chiefs.  Iowa T Riley Reiff is also a possible target at #11 for the Jags.

Just like anything in the draft universe this time of year, it still remains to be seen how valid these rumors are.  If they are, however, look for one of these three scenarios to take place on draft day.

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