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Mailbag: Would Chiefs draft a QB this year?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Here is this week's edition of the Kansas City Chiefs mailbag. To ask a question for a future edition, send it to me via Twitter (@adamteicher) with the tag #ChiefsMail.


@adamteicher: I wouldn't think this to be a year the Chiefs would invest in another quarterback but knowing how John Dorsey and Andy Reid feel about having young quarterbacks to develop, it wouldn't surprise me. But the Chiefs already have Aaron Murray, Terrelle Pryor and the injured Tyler Bray, so they have a crowd.


@adamteicher: The draft isn't just about this season but about building the team for the longer term. Inside linebacker isn't a position of immediate need in the sense that wide receiver or offensive line is. The Chiefs have Derrick Johnson and Joe Mays to play those positions and only Johnson is on the field in both running and passing situations. But Johnson is coming off a torn Achilles tendon and he will be 33 in November. The Chiefs need to think about replacing him. If the Chiefs can get an inside linebacker who can do for them over the next 10 years what Johnson has done for the past 10 years, then that player would be an excellent choice in the first round.


@adamteicher: They could re-sign all of those players but it would come at the cost of losing some of the players they already have. I'd be surprised if the Chiefs did bring back all of them. Justin Houston is the priority of that group and Rodney Hudson would be my second choice. As for Josh Mauga and Ron Parker, the Chiefs can find others to do for them what those guys did last year. At inside linebacker, Derrick Johnson is expected back. The Chiefs would have to find a safety to replace Parker, but the Chiefs have some other candidates on the roster or they could draft or sign an inexpensive safety.


@adamteicher: He helped them win a game. Jamaal Charles missed that game with an injury and Joe McKnight caught a pair of touchdown passes to help the Chiefs beat the Dolphins. I would expect the Chiefs to bring McKnight back if he's going to be healthy enough to play next season. He ruptured his Achilles tendon in practice a few days after the Dolphins game.


@adamteicher: There's some value in playing a running back a few snaps in the preseason. The Chiefs gave the ball to Charles five times in the preseason last year, so they weren't exposing him to great risk.