Up until this point your job has been pretty easy. You've drafted Sam Bradford, Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy and Russell Okung, and the general consensus with draftniks is that the top of the draft will shake out exactly so. Now your job becomes much more difficult.
That's because there's no clear-cut fifth pick in this draft. The Chiefs are going to have several options, which include picking the first defensive back of the draft, the second offensive lineman, trading down, and several others.
Let's focus on what the Chiefs need. And they need, well, a little bit of everything. They're the Chiefs, a team that's went 10-38 over the last three years, which puts them ahead of just the Lions (nine wins) and the Rams (six wins) over that time frame.
The Chiefs have the RB and WR positions pretty much locked down after the re-signing of Chris Chambers and the signing of Thomas Jones. A quality slot receiver is needed, but that's not something you look to take with a top-five pick. The team is also financially invested in quarterback Matt Cassel, though a sub-par first season makes him anything but a lock to be the team's quarterback of the future. Will the Chiefs bite the bullet and pick a first-round quarterback this early into the Cassel contract? It's possible, but unlikely.
The team should be in the market for another premier offensive lineman. There are doubts that Branden Albert can be a franchise left tackle, so the organization will definitely weigh their options and consider bringing in another lineman. If they do, Albert could swing to the right side or even play in the interior.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Chiefs could use any talent they find. In the last two drafts, the Chiefs have picked defensive linemen with their first picks, both also coming in the top five overall.
The secondary is better than it has been in recent years, but that's not saying too much. Brandon Flowers had five interceptions last year and should have one cornerback position locked down, but the team could use an upgrade across from him. At safety, DeJuan Morgan could be a keeper, but again, the team could stand for an upgrade at the other safety slot, if not both safety positions.
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Eric Berry, S, Tennessee. Adding Berry would be a big step in the right direction for the secondary. The three-year starter had 14 career interceptions for the University of Tennessee and reminds many of Ed Reed, the electric Baltimore safety that's a threat to take any pass to the house. If the Chiefs go this route, their secondary would become the clear strength of their team.
Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa. Blessed with a combination of strength and agility, Bulaga has fortified his position in the top ten of this draft through his pre-draft workouts. His only knock may be his health, as he's missed parts of two seasons in college. Bulaga would step right into a starting role on the Kansas City line.
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame. While it's unlikely the Chiefs are ready to groom a quarterback of the future, the option still exists that they'll take one. Claussen is the consensus No. 2 quarterback in this draft, but his draft stock may be sliding.
Joe Haden, CB, Florida. Like Claussen, Haden may be experiencing a bit of a slide in stock in the weeks leading up to the draft. Once thought to be a lock to be a top-ten pick, Haden's rawness is quite clear, but that can be either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how patient a team is willing to be with him. He'll be the first cornerback off the board, one way or another.
Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama. Like we alluded to in the analysis above, this team really needs some help at the linebacker position, particularly in the interior. McClain's best trait is his leadership abilities, and that's the one thing above all the Chiefs defense needs. He doesn't project to go this early, but he looks to be one of the safest picks of the first round, and that carries some bit of weight.
Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma. On paper, Williams looks a lot like Bulaga. He's both strong and quick, more the latter than the former. He's also seen a rise in his draft stock throughout the workout process, and some think it's a given he'll be drafted in the top ten. Like Bulaga, he would start immediately on the Chiefs line.
The updated draft board:
|1.||St. Louis Rams||Sam Bradford||QB||Oklahoma|
|2.||Detroit Lions||Ndamukong Suh||DT||Nebraska|
|3.||Tampa Bay Bucs||Gerald McCoy||DT||Oklahoma|
|4.||Washington Redskins||Russell Okung||OT||Oklahoma St.|
|5.||Kansas City Chiefs|