Kansas City was a bit active in free agency this year signing WR Sammie Watkins to a big contract while bringing in some role players on defense. With the 2018 NFL Draft right around the corner here is a look at the Kansas City Chiefs Team Needs heading in to the draft.
Kansas City Chiefs Team Needs
What was once a strength the outside linebacker position is a big question mark heading into 2018 as Tamba Hali was released and Dee Ford coming off of back surgery. Concerns about Ford’s production and return should force the Chiefs to use one of their three day two picks on a pass rusher.
A complete overhaul of the cornerback position is underway as the Chiefs traded away Marcus Peters but signed David Amerson and acquired Kendall Fuller. Kansas City wants to get bigger at corner and could use on of their two fourth round picks on a press man corner to add depth.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has been a revelation for the Chiefs as he has developed into one of the 15 best guards according to Pro Football Focus. With Zach Fulton leaving in free agency and Parker Ehinger being inactive all season the Chiefs could really look to shore up their weak spot along the line.
When healthy Eric Berry is one of the best safeties in the league but finding a comparable running mate has been an issue for the Chiefs. Finding a safety that excels back as a centerfield would be ideal so that Berry can play underneath and match up in coverage.
Set at defensive end with Chris Jones, Allen Bailey and Tonah Kpassagon the Chiefs struck out with nose tackle Bennie Logan who struggled and likely isn’t resigned. Looking to improve the 25th ranked rush defense the Chiefs need to add a big body up front that can control the middle of the line.
On the surface inside linebacker isn’t a huge need with Reggie Ragland rejuvenating his career and the newly signed Anthony Hitchens providing strong run defenders. However, the Chiefs had the 4th worse pass defense and covering tight ends and running backs was a big part of that.
The future is now for the Chiefs as Patrick Mahomes takes over Alex Smith. Chad Henne was signed to serve as Mahomes’ backup and while gives the Chiefs some depth taking a developmental prospect late in the draft could give the Chiefs a backup for years to come.