Kansas City Chiefs: Stedman Bailey, Kevin Reddick May Be Good Draft Options
It remains to be seen what the Kansas City Chiefs will do with the No. 1 overall pick in next month's NFL Draft. Will they select left tackle Luke Joeckel? Will they trade it to another team?
The Chiefs are probably still mulling over that decision themselves, but once they make it, their immediate focus becomes the two selections they have in the third round (unless of course a potential trade moves them into the late first or back into the second).
The Chiefs were able to acquire (ESPN.com) quarterback Alex Smith from San Francisco, but it did cost them their second round pick, No. 34 overall. The Niners will also get a conditional pick next year.
The Cheifs recently were given a third-round compensatory pick, which will be the No. 96 overall selection.
The Chiefs are coming off a 2-14 2012 season, but they could be on the upswing after the recent hiring of Andy Reid to be the team's 13th head coach. Despite losing 14 games last season, the team has a solid nucleus of players.
So what is the best way to build through the draft?
Smith will need all the weapons he can get. He has a solid No.1 receiver in Dwayne Bowe and one of the best running backs in the league in Jamaal Charles.
But beyond Bowe, the Chiefs could use another play-maker at wide receiver.
Former first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin still has potential, but he has just 41 catches in his first two seasons combined.
The team also brought in Donnie Avery, who revived his career last season with 60 receptions and three touchdowns in Indianapolis, but more depth wouldn't hurt.
Stedman Bailey could be available when the Chiefs select at No. 63 in the third round.
In his three-year career at West Virginia, Bailey caught 210 passes and had 41 touchdowns, including a staggering 25 touchdowns in 2012.
On September 29, 2012 against Baylor, he put up the type of stat line you see in a video game: 13 receptions, 303 yards and five touchdowns.
Bailey stands just 5'10", but he is a great route-runner with terrific hands. He could become a very effective weapon as a slot receiver and he would be a tremendous complement to Bowe and Baldwin.
His former West Virginia teammate Tavon Austin will likely be one of the first wide receivers off the board, but Bailey may be just as good.
If he is there when the Chiefs first pick of the third round comes up, they need to grab him.
The Chiefs have three very good linebackers in Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson, but there isn't much depth behind them.
Reddick had 85 tackles and 6.5 sacks in his senior season at North Carolina and he would bring an athletic presence to the Chiefs and could be a great player in certain situations.
Linebackers coach Gary Gibbs would need to work to fine tune his game, especially in pass coverage, but Reddick would be a great rotational player who could earn himself a regular role eventually.
The area Reddick brings the most value is as an edge rusher, where he could be a terror on third-and-long passing situations.
Reddick shows a very good ability to get to get around blockers and bring the quarterback to the ground. Bruce Irvin was a first-round selection by Seattle last year mainly for that reason.
The draft is still about 30 days away and there are several prospects to consider, but Bailey and Reddick are two guys that should be on the Chiefs' list.
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