It’s almost that time of year, when owners, coaches, general managers, and the rest of the front office lock themselves in a room and heavily debate which players to draft to improve the team. This room is called the “War Room” for a reason. Everyone in this room is heavily opinionated and has become attached to a prospect that they don’t believe the team can do without.
In this segment, we will put ourselves in the war room and go over the picks we believe teams need to make when they’re on the clock. We’ll cover all 32 teams, but today’s segment is dedicated to the: Kansas City Chiefs.
Kansas City’s most urgent need on the offensive side of the ball is at wide receiver. They have to find a player capable of handling the load opposite Dwayne Bowe if they want to get better on offense. The offensive line should be addressed as well, as tackle and center could be targets earlier in the draft than some seem to think. Branden Albert and Barry Richardson let too many defenders get by a year ago and an upgrade at the tackle spot could be sought at some point. At center, Casey Wiegmann is going strong, but he’s almost 38-years-old. Don’t be surprised if the Chiefs look at quarterbacks and running backs in the mid- to late-rounds; Matt Cassel probably isn’t the long-term answer and finding a long-term backup at running back could be a goal.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Chiefs will likely consider a pass rusher with their first round pick. Tamba Hali is a free agent, but even if he’s resigned they’ll need to find another pass rusher as there isn’t much across from him. Nose tackle will also be a target early in the draft as well. They should find some talent in the first two days and could even look at the position in the first round depending on who’s available and which pass rushers are already off the board.
Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft
Round 1 (#21): Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor Bears: Taylor is the top nose tackle prospect in this draft and could step in early for the Chiefs in the middle. Taylor measured 6’3, 334 lbs at the Combine and could be a plug for the Chiefs defense.
Round 2 (#55): Jabaal Sheard, OLB, Pittsburgh Panthers: Getting a pass rusher like Sheard or Sam Acho in the second round could be a possibility if the position is not addressed in the first round.
Round 3 (#86): Jake Kirkpatrick, C, TCU Horned Frogs: Kirkpatrick could see playing time early backing up Wiegmann and replace the veteran in the next couple of years.
Round 4 (#118): Terrence Toliver, WR, LSU Tigers: Some help at receiver is needed. There isn’t much depth behind Bowe and Toliver could come in and serve as a good second option for Cassel.
Round 5 (#135) from Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derek Newton, OT, Arkansas State Red Wolves: Upgrades at the tackle positions are needed in Kansas City. There should be enough to choose from in the mid-rounds.
Round 5 (#140): Johnny White, RB, North Carolina Tar Heels: While not a desperate need with Jamaal Charles on the roster, I don’t think the Chiefs will be content with Thomas Jones as the long-term backup. This could also be spot where the Chiefs look at available quarterbacks.
Round 6 (#199): Orie Lemon, ILB, Oklahoma State Sooners: The Chiefs could look to upgrade the interior linebacker position, or at least add depth.
Round 7 (#224): Jeremy Beal, OLB, Oklahoma Sooners: Beal’s stock plummeted after poor offseason performances. He could be available in the seventh round as the Chiefs look for a second pass rusher in this draft.
That’s how it played out in our Mock of the Kansas City Chiefs “War Room”