Derrick Johnson is one of the best off ball linebackers in the league and a big part of the Chiefs elite defense. But a torn Achilles in December raises questions if Johnson will be ready to start the 2017 season. Ramik Wilson has developing into a good starter but the Chiefs could use someone to fill in and eventually replace the 34-year-old Johnson.
This past season Jeremy Maclin saw his worse season of his career putting up only 536 total yards and two touchdowns. While the offense focused more towards Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill the Chiefs need more output from their receivers. Western Kentucky’s Taywan Taylor would be a Day 2 option as Andy Reid prefers quick receivers who can create separation out of breaks.
Prior to joining the Chiefs Terrence Mitchell had been on four previous teams before emerging as the outside corner opposite of Marcus Peters. Mitchell has earned a chance to start next year but the Chiefs would be wise to add to the position to gain a good third corner or in case Mitchell regresses. Since Kansas City isn’t desperate for a corner they could pass in the 1st round and use one of their three picks on Day 2.
The defensive line has been a strong suite for the Chiefs the past couple of years but has gone through some changes. Kansas City replaced Dontari Poe with former Eagle Bennie Logan while Jaye Howard returns from a hip injury. Chris Jones had a good rookie season and looks to be a star. You can never have too many good lineman and the Chiefs could use one more. Andy Reid loves to use 1st round picks on trench players and that could be the direction they go again.
Often criticized Alex Smith has brought stability to Kansas City helping the Chiefs win their first playoff game in over 20 years and secure a first round bye. Smith isn’t going anywhere soon, but the Chiefs are not afraid to draft developmental quarterbacks. If the Chiefs don’t take a quarterback in the 1st round they could wait till the 3rd round and look at Virginia Tech’s Jarod Evans as a possible successor.