Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have been eliminated from playoff contention, it’s time to look ahead. Let’s take an early look at the Chiefs’ draft needs:
Likely drafting range: 10-15
Top draft needs: Offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, safety.
Possible first-round picks: Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin, Iowa tackle Riley Reiff, Boston college linebacker Luke Kuechly, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.
Intangibles: Standout receiver Dwayne Bowe and cornerback Brandon Carr are free agents. The Chiefs have been aggressive in re-signing players under general manager Scott Pioli. The fact that these players aren’t signed may be a signal there will be issues. If they do leave, draft needs could change. Still, I doubt either player’s departure would change the Chiefs’ first-round needs. Kansas City drafted Jonathan Baldwin in the first round this year and Carr is the second cornerback. But their departures would add to the Chiefs’ need list.