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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
At WR, Beckham makes the most sense

By Adam Teicher

For those with ESPN Insider access, Kevin Weidl has an article matching specific wide receivers available in the draft with teams that have a big need at the position.

Beckham
Weidl likes LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. for the Chiefs with their first-round pick, No. 23 overall.

“He fits the mold of the receivers coach Andy Reid coveted during his time in Philadelphia,'' Weidl writes of the 5-foot-11, 198-pound Beckham. “Beckham has explosive top-end speed and the ability to create after the catch, which is a pivotal trait for a receiver within the Chiefs' system that implements a heavy amount of West Coast principles. In addition, Beckham brings value as a returner on special teams, which could help soften the loss of Dexter McCluster, who was a free-agent casualty to Tennessee.''

If the Chiefs like Beckham and he's still available when they make their first pick, it would be a mistake for them to pass him up. Beckham has the potential to have the same impact as Emmanuel Sanders, the free-agent wide receiver the Chiefs thought had agreed to contract terms only to see him eventually sign with the Denver Broncos. Weidl's point on Beckham's return ability is not a small one. The Chiefs need a threat returning punts after losing McCluster.

If Beckham isn't available when the Chiefs pick in the first round or they select a player at a different position, Weidl offers a couple of wide receiver options for the Chiefs with their next pick in the third round: Robert Herron of Wyoming and Allen Robinson of Penn State. Herron is small (5-foot-9, 193 pounds) and built to play as a slot receiver. Robinson has the size (6-foot-3, 220) to be an every-down player.