The NFL has handed out this year's compensatory picks and though the Kansas City Chiefs didn't get any, their draft is now in better focus. They know the exact six spots in which they will be picking, and they are:
First round, 23rd overall; Third round, 87th overall; Fourth round, 124th overall; Fifth round, 163rd overall; Sixth round, 193rd overall; Sixth round, 200th overall.
The Chiefs don't have a second-round pick, having sent it to the San Francisco 49ers as part of last year's trade that brought quarterback Alex Smith. The first of their two sixth-round choices comes from Dallas as part of last year's trade that sent linebacker Edgar Jones to the Cowboys. The Chiefs don't have a pick in the seventh round, having sent that choice to Dallas in the Jones trade.
So the Chiefs, a team that wants to build through the draft, have just one of the first 86 picks in a deep draft. As I've mentioned before, and probably will again, the Chiefs need to be aggressive in pursuing extra picks. If they can gain an extra pick in the second or third round, it's worth sliding back a few spots in the first round.
The draft will begin May 8 and runs through May 10. Before then, the Chiefs and the other 31 teams will receive their 2014 regular-season schedules. In the case of the Chiefs, look for them to open the season at Arrowhead Stadium. The Royals are on the road the weekend the NFL begins its season, but play at Kauffman Stadium on each of the following two weekends. The home schedule includes games against both defending conference champions, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. Other home opponents include the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams.
The Chiefs also will begin their offseason program sometime in April with practice scheduled to begin in May.