Kiper: It's time for Chiefs to address WR in draft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. answered some media questions on Thursday about next year’s draft, and it’s no surprise what he believes the Kansas City Chiefs should do.

Kiper said he thinks the Chiefs should draft wide receivers, plural.

“I think they have to," Kiper said. “I would say it’s mandatory. I wouldn’t say just one. I would draft three of them throughout the seven rounds."

That’s the proper strategy for the Chiefs. Throw numbers at an unquestioned weakness.

The Chiefs don’t have a touchdown or much else of value from their wide receivers this season and there’s no reason to believe that would change unless they basically turn the position over for next season.

Dwayne Bowe is 30 and expensive and the Chiefs might decide to dump him during the offseason, anyway. Even if they keep him, he’s already played his best seasons. The Chiefs have another couple of receivers near or at the end of their careers: Jason Avant and Donnie Avery.

Otherwise, the Chiefs have Junior Hemingway, who has spent this season either injured or dropping passes, and A.J. Jenkins, who did little with extended playing time before he injured a shoulder to end his season.

They also have De’Anthony Thomas, who at 174 pounds is clearly a part-time player, as well as undrafted rookie Albert Wilson and Frankie Hammond Jr. Wilson looks like he could have some promise.

Other than Wilson and Thomas, whose bigger value could be as a kick returner, the Chiefs should start over from scratch. That might mean drafting two or even three receivers as well as signing a free agent or two.

Some of the top receivers who could be available in the draft are Alabama's Amari Cooper, former Missouri player Dorial Green-Beckham, Louisville’s DeVante Parker and West Virginia’s Kevin White. Among the interesting receiver prospects who will be available in later rounds is Tyler Lockett of Kansas State.

Whatever the Chiefs do, they can’t put off fixing the wide receiver positions any longer.

“It’s another year where if you want a wide receiver, you can get them," Kiper said. “If I was the Chiefs, I’d draft a minimum of two and as many as three."