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In the NFL, every year is the year of the quarterback. The same holds true in Kansas City, but the subject is always outlined in a negative light.
The Chiefs desperately need to sign a proven passer who improves the offense rather than hinders it. Reid and Dorsey will also need to draft a potential successor who can be groomed for the role.
Alex Smith and Michael Vick remain viable free-agent options who can solve the quarterback quandary. Commissioner Roger Goodell could also announce Geno Smith's name to kick the draft off. But if not, the franchise may wait until the second round to grab a quarterback such as Ryan Nassib or Matt Barkley—whose stock could be haunted by injury concerns and the repeated shortcomings of pro passers leaving USC's system.
But quarterback isn't the only glaring weakness embedded in the Chiefs roster. Even if the team retains Bowe and Albert, Kansas City will still be starving for upgrades at defensive end, inside linebacker, cornerback and safety. The depth chart could also benefit from more stability at wide receiver and a few extra layers of depth in the secondary.
Currently, Star Lotulelei is the only 3-4 defensive end worthy of the No. 1 overall pick. If the front office chooses to pass on the scenario, the staff could pounce on prospects such as Datone Jones or Kawann Short if either are available in the second round. However, game-changing 3-4 defensive ends are rarities, especially after the first round. Reid and Dorsey may decide to target veterans like Desmond Bryant or Mike DeVito instead.
The Chiefs could fill the void at inside linebacker (opposite of Derrick Johnson) with Kevin Minter or Manti Te'o with pick No. 34. Kansas City needs a run stuffer at the position and Brandon Siler isn't it.
This season's draft is also extremely rich with secondary talent. Given that, it's unlikely that the team spends the top selection on Dee Milliner—although his play could argue the case. But cornerbacks such as Jordan Poyer and Robert Alford may still be on the board in later rounds—and both would make an immediate impact on the Chiefs defense. Strong safety Jonathan Cyprien could also leak into the middle of the draft, and he possesses the closing speed to convert and challenge Kendrick Lewis at free safety.
When solving the roster's soft spots, the Kansas City Chiefs' options aren't limited.
However, one error in judgment can snowball into a disastrous, season-defining debacle. Or, in Kansas City's case, a decade decorated with lame-duck quarterbacking, four-letter words and echoed exclamation marks.