We’ve talked often about the tough spot the Kansas City Chiefs are in with the No. 1 pick overall pick this year.
The Chiefs badly need a quarterback, but to this point, nobody at the position has shown he is worthy of being the top pick. There are some good players at the top of this draft. But the problem for Kansas City is that none are at need positions for the Chiefs.
The top of the draft is stocked with pass-rushers. That is one of Kansas City’s greatest strengths. There is a potential fit at left tackle in the form of Luke Joeckel. That will only be the case, though, if the Chiefs don’t re-sign free-agent left tackle Branden Albert. The Chiefs are interested in keeping Albert.
Right now, I think the Chiefs’ best option would be to draft Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei. Many scouts think he can be a dominant 3-4 defensive end. Lotulelei is an impact player.
It might behoove the Chiefs to try to trade down to add picks and to get a player at a need position lower in the draft. That will not be easy to do since there isn’t expected to be a hot trade market at the top of the draft because of the lack of quarterbacks. Still, let’s look at a few natural fits for the Chiefs:
Dee Milliner, Alabama, CB
Possible draft range: 7-12
Why he fits the Chiefs: He’s the top cornerback available and would likely start right away for the Chiefs.
Geno Smith, West Virginia, QB
Possible draft range: 8-15.
Why he fits the Chiefs: He is currently considered the best quarterback prospect. That can change. Someone could leapfrog Smith, or he could show scouts enough to move up the board.
Alec Ogletree, Georgia, ILB
Possible draft range: 10-20
Why he fits the Chiefs: Three Kansas City linebackers made the Pro Bowl. Adding a stout inside linebacker to this 3-4 look could give Kansas City the best 3-4 linebackers in the NFL. Ogletree is zooming up the draft board and he may have passed Manti Te'o as the best prospect at inside linebacker.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, WR
Possible draft range: 15-20
Why he fits the Chiefs: The Chiefs will badly need a receiver if Dwayne Bowe leaves as a free agent. This isn’t a great year for receivers in the draft. Patterson has big potential, but he is raw.
Thus, there are three options for the Chiefs: Keeping the pick and going with a top player who can help immediately in Lotulelei; taking a big risk and taking Smith at No. 1 one; or trading down, getting some extra picks and taking a player at a need spot in the appropriate pick range.