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Are the Chiefs set at linebacker?

4/13/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

With the Kansas City Chiefs stockpiling linebackers, the natural question is this: Will they continue to do so in the draft?

Many people, including Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, believe the Chiefs will take Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry with the No. 3 overall pick. Curry is considered by several NFL scouts as the best defensive player available and defense is Kansas City's greatest area of need.

The Chiefs have concentrated on adding linebackers this offseason as they transition to becoming a 3-4 defense. They have added veterans Zach Thomas, who agreed to terms Saturday, and Mike Vrabel and backups Monty Beisel and Corey Mays. The team also has holdovers Derrick Johnson and Demorrio Williams.

Kansas City certainly has a large group of linebackers but Vrabel and Thomas are nearing the end of their careers. They are just short-term answers, so there still could be room for Curry.

If the Chiefs don't think Curry is a good fit in the 3-4 defense (look for the thoughts from Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson on this subject Wednesday when the Chiefs go on the clock), they may decide to go elsewhere and stick with the new-look group that has been compiled this offseason. If Curry is not the pick, Kansas City could look to trade out of the No. 3 spot in an attempt to fill other needs.