Wide receiver is the biggest position of need for the Kansas City Chiefs, so both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay are thinking clearly in their latest mock drafts. For those with ESPN Insider access, Kiper has the Chiefs taking one receiver, Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin, with their first-round pick, which is 23rd overall.
McShay gives a different wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. of Louisiana State, to the Chiefs in the first round.
Either player makes sense for the Chiefs. Both players entered the draft as juniors so they may need more time to develop. The Chiefs would need immediate help from either player, but not necessarily as a starter. The Chiefs have veterans in Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, A.J. Jenkins and Weston Dressler, so they wouldn’t have to ask a rookie to carry the load.
But eventually the Chiefs would need him to grow into the No. 1 role, which has been occupied by Bowe for several years. Bowe had a down season, a sign that perhaps he’s started the inevitable downhill slide. Even if not, he will turn 30 in September so the Chiefs have to think about finding his eventual replacement.
Benjamin at 6-4 and 232 is bigger than Beckham Jr. at 6-0 and 193 but Beckham has kick return ability. Otherwise there is little to choose from. Both are fast and run well after the catch.
So it wouldn’t be a surprise to see either Benjamin or Beckham Jr. wind up with the Chiefs.