- Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer
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Todd McShay’s latest mock draft is out, but his pick for the Kansas City Chiefs remains the same. He still has Louisiana State wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. going to the Chiefs with their first-round pick, which is 23rd overall.
You’ve heard this from me before but it bears repeating: A wide receiver makes a ton of sense for the Chiefs from both the short and long terms. A fast wide receiver like Beckham could give the Chiefs in 2014 an element they lacked with any kind of consistency last year. Long range, the Chiefs have to begin preparing for the day when Dwayne Bowe is no longer their No. 1 receiver. Bowe had the least productive full season of his career last year and he turns 30 in September.
Beckham also would provide the Chiefs with a return threat, something they might otherwise lack. Dexter McCluster and Quintin Demps, two of their top returners last season, are scheduled to be free agents.
As McShay points out, the Chiefs could use an immediate boost at other positions as well. They must do something at free safety, though they think a lot of Sanders Commings, a draft pick last year and the strongest in-house candidate to fill the job. They could also use another talented body for their defensive line, among other needs.
But ignoring their shortcomings at wide receiver is particularly risky. Chiefs wide receivers last season were last in catches (120), yards (1,544) and first downs (76). They were tied for 28th in touchdowns (9).
So if the Chiefs like Beckham and think he can be that solution both short and long term, it’s a mistake to pass on him.