Kansas City Chiefs Draft Preview; 2016 Schedule Released
With the NFL Draft set to begin on April 28th, let’s take a look at this year’s Kansas City Chiefs Draft Preview and schedule.
Kansas City Chiefs Draft Preview
Top Needs: Outside Linebacker, Cornerback, Wide Receiver, Defensive Line
Draft Picks: Round 1 (28), Round 2 (59), Round 4 (126), Round 5 (162), (165), Round 6 (203), Round 7 (249)
The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off an 11-5 season and their first playoff victory in over two decades. Led by a dominating defense and a quarterback who gets the job done, the Chiefs are looking to build on an impressive 2015 campaign.
With the retirement of Peyton Manning, the Broncos no longer look like the clear favorite in this division, as was the case in recent years. While they still have a dominant defense, their starting quarterback as of right now is Mark Sanchez. This division can be wide open with the Raiders on the rise and Chiefs looking to be a piece or two away from being legit contenders.
The first round looks to go one of two ways. They can grab an impact defensive linemen or a cornerback. Losing Sean Smith to free agency leaves a hole in the secondary that will need to be addressed. After hitting a home run on Marcus Peters last year, don’t be surprised if they decide to go in the same direction. With Vernon Hargreaves and Eli Apple both most likely off the board prior to the Chiefs pick, William Jackson III from Houston looks to be the next corner taken. Artie Burns from Miami is climbing boards as well so he can be an option. Either guy can come in and start opposite Marcus Peters.
If the Chiefs decide to go defensive line, then either end from Clemson is an option in Kevin Dodd and Shaq Lawson.
Derrick Johnson isn’t getting any younger, so his eventual replacement will need to be found soon. The second round in this year’s draft can possibly be the time to do so. Two names to keep an eye on are Joshua Perry from Ohio State and Deion Jones from LSU. Both are highly active, play-making linebackers who can cover opposing tight ends and backs. A young linebacker can be brought in to learn the ropes from one of the best in the game in Derrick Johnson.
With no third round picks due to the Jeremy Maclin controversy, the Chiefs will have to hit on some late round gems this year. Speaking of Jeremy Maclin, the Chiefs desperately could use more depth at the receiver position. They grabbed Rod Streater in free agency, but he isn’t enough.
The fourth round can bring a pass catcher to help an offense that ranked 30th in pass yards per game with just 203.4 last season. Two guys to look at are Robby Anderson from Temple and Aaron Burbridge from Michigan State. Anderson has the height advantage at 6’3” while Burbridge is 6’0”. However, Burbridge is the more physical of the two. He is not scared to go over the middle and make a tough catch in traffic and blocks well too.
As much as the Chiefs run the ball, a receiver that can block as well can be very appealing to Andy Reid and company. Defensive line is also an option here.
The Chiefs can close out their draft by grabbing a quarterback, an offensive guard and more secondary help.
Kansas City Chiefs’ Schedule
Week 1: Sept. 11, San Diego Chargers, 12:00
Week 2: Sept. 18, at Houston Texans, 12:00
Week 3: Sept. 25, New York Jets, 3:25
Week 4: Oct. 2, at Pittsburgh Steelers, 7:30
Week 5: BYE
Week 6: Oct. 16, at Oakland Raiders, 3:05
Week 7: Oct. 23, New Orleans Saints, 12:00
Week 8: Oct. 30, at Indianapolis Colts, 12:00
Week 9: Nov. 6, Jacksonville Jaguars, 12:00
Week 10: Nov. 13, at Carolina Panthers, 12:00
Week 11: Nov. 20, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 12:00
Week 12: Nov. 27, at Denver Broncos, 3:25
Week 13: Dec. 4, at Atlanta Falcons, 12:00
Week 14: Dec. 8, Oakland Raiders (Thu), 7:25
Week 15: Dec. 18, Tennessee Titans, 12:00
Week 16: Dec. 25, Denver Broncos, 7:30
Week 17: Jan. 1, at San Diego Chargers, 3:25
(Kansas City Chiefs Draft Preview)