The NFL playoffs are down to two teams, as the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will meet in New Orleans for the Super Bowl on February 3. While their agenda is set on winning a championship, the remaining 30 franchises are solely focused on improving enough over the next few months to put themselves in a similar position next season.
The offseason is filled with the hirings and firings of coaching staff and front office personnel, player evaluations and enough number crunching to make a statistician’s head spin.
The most attention-grabbing element of the offseason, however, is anything that is related to the looming draft.
From the Senior Bowl, to the combine, to individual and group pro days, and everything in between, April’s NFL draft is the climax of the offseason.
For the Kansas City Chiefs, owning the top pick will have everyone in and around the organization on pins and needles in anticipation.
While a 2-14 season would lend itself to the assumption that the Chiefs are in for numerous changes, this franchise honestly isn’t too far away in terms of becoming competitive once again.
Kansas City set out to revamp its coaching staff and front office this offseason, replacing head coach Romeo Crennel with former Philadelphia Eagles front man Andy Reid and swapping out general manager Scott Pioli for the Green Bay Packers’ John Dorsey.
Though there are some in-house roster decisions to be made—wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, left tackle Branden Albert, defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey and punter Dustin Colquitt among others—the Chiefs will have their hands full with how to approach this year’s draft, namely with handling the No. 1 overall pick.
While free agency will offer some aid in filling out the roster, the Chiefs will be looking to add players who can make a solid contribution as soon as 2013. Depth has been an issue in Kansas City recently, making each and every choice critical to reversing this team’s fortunes.
Here are the biggest positions of need for the Chiefs and some potential names to look for as the draft approaches.