The 2014 NFL draft is next weekend and with only one pick in rounds one, three, four and five, and two picks in round six, the Kansas City Chiefs are going to need to be creative and efficient in the mid to late rounds and draft quality players in order to increase depth of the roster.
There is a lot of talent coming out of the collegiate level in this year’s draft and there are a few players I believe the Chiefs should try and get in order to make this team better.
It’s not a position of great need right now for the Chiefs, but if Aaron Murray, quarterback out of Georgia, is available in the fourth round, I think any team would be foolish not to draft him. Before returning for his senior season, Murray was most likely going to be the first quarterback taken overall in 2013. After tearing his ACL in his 2013 season at Georgia, his draft stock has fallen significantly and most teams do not consider him to be a top pick anymore.
He has been compared to Russell Wilson and Drew Brees due to his smallish frame at 6-foot-1, 207 pounds. Although small quarterbacks have proven they can play in this league, I don’t think height is a factor for Murray. Murray has played 4 years in the SEC and is by far the most tested quarterback ready to play in the NFL.
Murray could be a great addition for the Chiefs, as he has a great ability to work the pocket, is mobile, and could be a great student to learn behind starter Alex Smith.
Interior offensive lineman is a need for the Chiefs, and Justin Britt from the University of Missouri could help fill this spot on the roster. Britt can play a variety of positions as he has spent time at both left and right tackles. He is a good run blocker that could help pave the way for talented halfback Jamaal Charles. Britt could be a good late round pick for the Chiefs and someone that could develop into being a starter down the road.
With Rodney Hudson’s contract expiring at the end of this coming season and the potential of him no longer being on the roster, the Chiefs will need to look for another viable option at the center position. Wesley Johnson from Vanderbilt is a potential pick in the late rounds as he is an athletic aware blocker and has the ability to set blocks down the field.
With the departure of Dexter McCluster, the Chiefs will need to replace his spot with a quick and elusive option. Wide receiver Jalen Saunders out of Oklahoma is a potential option. Almost the same frame as McCluster at 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, Saunders is a potential choice that could help the Chiefs fill the void at both wide receiver and on special teams.
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