Kansas City Chiefs: Paul Richardson

After beginning the season at home against Tennessee, the Chiefs have a stretch of five games that will determine the fate of their season. Included are four road games (against Denver, Miami, San Francisco and San Diego) and a Monday night home game against New England. If the Chiefs can get two wins here and beat the Titans to begin the season, that would get them to 3-3, where they presumably wouldn't be buried. The schedule flattens out to an extent after that, but it's still difficult to see the Chiefs rallying from 2-4 (or worse) to become a serious playoff contender.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – If you have ESPN Insider access, don’t miss the first mock draft Insider from Todd McShay. In it, he has the Kansas City Chiefs taking Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson with their first-round pick, currently 30th overall.

McShay is certainly right on with wide receiver being a huge need for the Chiefs. Dwayne Bowe has picked up his production to a limited extent in recent weeks, but he’s still having something far less than a Bowe-like season. He will turn 30 next September, so the Chiefs need to start preparing for the day he’s no longer a key contributor. As for the rest of their wide receivers, there is no heir to his spot as the No. 1 guy.

Richardson is 6-foot-1, 170 pounds and fast. He's played three seasons at Colorado, missing all of 2012 because of a torn ACL. He bounced back nicely this year to catch 83 passes for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The first-round pick takes on more importance for the Chiefs because they won’t pick again until late in the third round. Their second-round pick was sent to the San Francisco 49ers as part of the trade that brought quarterback Alex Smith.

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