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WR makes sense for Chiefs in first round

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Their season finished, the Kansas City Chiefs will pick 23rd in the first round of this year’s NFL draft. It’s an important pick for the Chiefs, who won’t select again until the third round. Their second-round choice will go to the San Francisco 49ers as the last installment of the trade that brought quarterback Alex Smith to town.

Should the Chiefs realistically do anything with that first-round pick besides select a wide receiver? We’ll have plenty of time to discuss this over the next four months, but at this point, improving their passing game by selecting a fast wide receiver makes the most sense.

Kevin Weidl of ESPN.com throws out some wide receiving possibilities for the Chiefs. One of them, Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin, will play in the BCS title game Monday night.

Another, LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr., might make more sense. His speed could be put to good use in Andy Reid’s offense, as Weidl writes.

Besides, after drafting in the first round LSU players in Dwayne Bowe, Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson three straight years from 2007 through 2009, it’s time for the Chiefs to go back to Baton Rouge.