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Now more than ever, draft is vital to Chiefs' future

If the Chiefs can come up big on draft day, they'll be able to lessen the blow of franchise DE Jared Allen's departure, writes Bill Williamson.

Originally Published: April 23, 2008
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com

Jared Allen is the type of player around whom NFL franchises are built.

He is a defensive end, a position teams crave. He is 26. He led the league with 15½ sacks last season. He is a fiery leader who never takes a play off. Allen is a perfect building block for a team that is trying to rebuild.

The Chiefs are in a rebuilding mode, so the trade of Allen to Minnesota appears to be a step backward for a franchise in need of franchise-type players. Because of Allen's ...

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