A closer look at the areas the Kansas City Chiefs could address in the draft. We'll get started with a look at the wide receivers, who are scheduled to work out Saturday in Indianapolis.
Position of need: The Chiefs were last in the league at wide receiver in catches (129), yards (1,588) and touchdowns (0). Their No. 1 wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe, had another in a series of uninspiring seasons (60 catches, 754 yards) and will turn 31 in September. It’s past the time where the Chiefs should think about replacing him as their go-to wideout.
Three players the Chiefs could target in the draft:
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma: Green-Beckham might be the most talented player available in the draft at his position. At 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, he’s plenty big. He’s also fast and, if he’s in good physical condition, should test well at the combine. But maturity issues will be a factor. Missouri kicked him off the team after two seasons following an arrest for marijuana possession and an incident in which he allegedly forced his way into an apartment and pushed an 18-year-old student down some stairs while trying to see his girlfriend, a friend of the alleged victim. Green-Beckham also hasn’t played in more than a year. He was sitting out his transfer season at Oklahoma last year and then declared for the draft.
Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State: Smith isn’t a polished player yet, but could help the Chiefs generate big pass plays, something they lacked last season. Smith is fast and opposing defenses would have to respect his speed. He played at various times in college from the slot and as an outside receiver, leaving the Chiefs with plenty of options on how to utilize his speed.
Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State: Strong could conceivably be available to the Chiefs when they pick in the middle of the second round. He’s not particularly fast, but has a 6-3, 215-pound body and knows how to use it. While he might never become a superstar, he has the look of a player who will have a long, productive career.