Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Players Matt Cassel Would Love to See the Chiefs Draft
Matt Cassel's experience in Kansas City has not been perfect in his three years here.
He has had a different offensive coordinator every season while playing under center and will play for a new coach in 2012 in Romeo Crennel.
Cassel also has had some bad luck go his way. He has missed at least one game each season. He has been inactive for a total of nine games and missed the final seven games of the 2011 season due to an injury suffered on his hand.
What happens if Cassel stays healthy and is surrounded by a great core of players? Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli brought in running back Peyton Hillis, tight end Kevin Boss and offensive tackle Eric Winston.
Brady Quinn will also back up Cassel and help him have a smooth transition with new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Quinn played for Daboll and can help Cassel understand the offense and terminology that Daboll uses.
Cassel will also be getting back running back Jamaal Charles and tight end Tony Moeaki, both of whom suffered early season-ending injuries.
With everything in play so far, what happens if Pioli completes this strong offseason by drafting a couple of more weapons on offense for Cassel? Read this slideshow and give me your thoughts!
David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
The Chiefs can conclude rebuilding their offensive line by drafting David DeCastro.
DeCastro is graded as the top offensive guard to enter this year's draft. He was successful at Stanford while protecting Andrew Luck, who is expected to go to Indianapolis with the first pick.
If DeCastro comes to Kansas City, Cassel will have the most reliable group of offensive linemen he has ever played with.
Peter Konz, OG, Wisconsin
While Russell Wilson played quarterback for the University of Wisconsin, he had a reliable center in Peter Konz.
Pioli is more than open to the idea of trading down in the draft. If Pioli gets a late first-round pick through a trade, picking up Konz would be a great move. The Chiefs can also be flexible with Konz, as scouts believe he has the ability to play both guard and center in the NFL.
Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
In a passing league, there is no such thing as having too many wide receivers and tight ends. Filling up your roster with a strong depth of pass-catchers is just what a quarterback loves.
Dwayne Bowe, provided that he signs an extension, is expected to have a good season. Steve Breaston hopes to be a better contributor, as his two touchdowns last season came in only one game. As for Jonathan Baldwin, a complete offseason with the team might be what he needs to prove that last season was a fluke.
If the Chiefs go after Rueben Randle in the second round, it would add more depth to the receiving corps and give Cassel another player to throw to.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
Mohamed Sanu is another wide receiver the Chiefs can consider in the second round.
If Cassel can't find an open receiver on one side, but finds a speedy receiver wide open on the other, the Chiefs offense will move the chains and gain a lot of yards.
Sanu's speed and talent will help any offense. He could be a key target on third down or a player who is used in wide receiver screens. With the offensive line the Chiefs now have, a perfectly executed screen to a player like Sanu will get them far on offense.
David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
I know Chiefs fans are going to be against this pick because the Chiefs have two talented running backs in Hillis and Charles. However, the Chiefs might be without Thomas Jones and Jackie Battle next season.
Having Dexter McCluster in the backfield is good, but David Wilson can add on and give the Chiefs a very strong depth.
Wilson is similar to Charles in terms of his breakaway speed. He is very dangerous when given a hole and a lot of space to run.
Yes, the Chiefs will have a lot of players on offense, and this seems unlikely. But if the Chiefs go this route, they will have incredible depth, which is what offenses need in the league today.
Not all five players can come to Kansas City, obviously. All of these players should be taken by the second round.
Remember when Pioli drafted McCluster and Moeaki in 2010? After bringing in center Casey Wiegmann, guard Ryan Lilja and Jones at the running back spot, Pioli gave Cassel a couple of extra weapons through the draft. Both McCluster and Moeaki made an impact in Weeks 1 and 3, helping the Chiefs get off to a stunning 3-0 start.
Cassel already likes what the front office has done this offseason. His level of appreciation can only rise if the Chiefs can get him a couple more weapons later this month, when the Chiefs look to bounce back and compete for the AFC West.