Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Draft first take: Chiefs
By Bill Williamson
This is the third in a series looking at the potential draft direction of the teams in the AFC West:
Needs: Receiver, offensive line, linebacker, defensive line.
Possible first-round picks
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: The Chiefs could really use a No. 2 receiver to complement and take pressure off of No. 1 receiver Dwayne Bowe. Blackmon has a lot of upside. The Chiefs probably would jump at Alabama receiver Julio Jones if he fell to No. 21.
Anthony Castonzo, RT, Boston College: If the Chiefs want to replace Barry Richardson, Castonzo could be a real option. He is considered to be NFL ready and he would be a nice addition to a solid, but aging offensive line.
J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin: Watt is a versatile player who could help a young defensive front. He is a good pass-rusher, which Kansas City needs.
Wild card: The Chiefs have picked in the top five in the past three seasons, so they are not used to be picking this low. GM Scott Pioli has proved to be very patient in the draft, so I’d be surprised if he moved up into the top of the draft. But because the Chiefs are still young and have needs, Kansas City could perhaps make a modest move up the draft board if it wants to make a run at a player like Jones or Purdue pass-rusher Ryan Kerrigan.