KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs didn't get the wide receiver they needed in the first round, and that's OK. If outside linebacker Dee Ford becomes the player the Chiefs think he will, the Chiefs did well for themselves in the opening round.
That said, it's time for the Chiefs to get on with their most pressing need. They won't have a second-round draft pick tonight, having sent it to the San Francisco 49ers in last year's trade that brought quarterback Alex Smith. So they need to look closely at receivers who will be available when they pick in the third round, the 87th overall pick.
At that pick, the Chiefs probably won't find the eventual successor to Dwayne Bowe. But they could wind up with Dexter McCluster's successor as a slot receiver, say, Robert Herron of Wyoming, for instance.
Here is what general manager John Dorsey said at the end of the first round Thursday night regarding the Chiefs, where they are at wide receiver, and what the draft might hold for them there.
"I think we’re going to be very competitive at that position," Dorsey said. "We’ve said all along the wide receiver position has extended depth, not only in the first round but the second (and) third. What you’ll see in the second round is a lot of receivers start to peel off, but in each round there are still other receivers. If everything works out, maybe that guy you’ve identified falls to you."