5 Players Kansas City Chiefs Should Target on Day 3
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Through the first three rounds of the 2013 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs have addressed three areas of need: offensive tackle, tight end and running back.
While many Chiefs fans expected general manager John Dorsey to pull off a day-two trade to send franchised tackle Brandon Albert to the Miami Dolphins to obtain a second-round pick, the Chiefs decided to hold on to Albert and acquire players they think can help them in 2013.
The Chiefs have addressed three positional needs thus far, but still have outstanding needs at linebacker and safety to address, along with the possibility of picking up one of the many undervalued quarterbacks in this year's draft class.
Here are five players the Chiefs should target in their final five picks of this year's NFL draft.
North Carolina ILB Kevin Reddick
North Carolina inside linebacker Kevin Reddick would be an excellent fit for the Chiefs in their 3-4 defense alongside Pro Bowler Derrick Johnson in the middle of the Chief's defense.
As a linebacker who is strong between the tackles as a run-defender, Reddick is a "downhill" player who is just as effective at getting after the quarterback,
Should the Chiefs choose to utilize one of their final five picks on Reddick, they will be selecting an excellent compliment to Johnson who is better in pass coverage than the late Jovan Belcher. They will be selecting a player that like Johnson, offers as well-rounded an inside linebacker prospect as there is in this year's draft.
Syracuse S Shamarko Thomas
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After inside linebacker, the next biggest remaining need for the Chiefs is safety.
In an effort to free up all-pro safety Eric Berry to make the big plays he's known for, the Chiefs need to draft a safety who is not only solid against the run, but can also drop into coverage against a tight end or as the nickel against the slot receiver.
Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas offers the Chiefs exactly what they are looking for in a safety to compliment Berry.
While he may be short (5'8 7/8"), he makes up for what he lacks in height with excellent speed (4.44 40-yd dash) and an aggressive and infectious style of play. While he may not come close to leading the team in interceptions, his energy, awareness and natural instincts could turn him into one of the team's leading tacklers.
Alabama DT Jesse Williams
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Sure, the Chiefs spent their 2011 first-round pick on nose tackle Dontari Poe and signed free-agent defensive end Mike DeVito. However, depth along the defensive line remains a concern for the Chiefs, particularly at the nose tackle position.
Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams has the makings of an ideal nose tackle for the Chiefs' 3-4 defense.
Perhaps the only knock on the native Australian is that he has struggled to stay healthy throughout his collegiate career. However, when he has been healthy, few defensive players are as mean or put out as much effort as Williams on each and every play.
Michigan WR/QB Denard Robinson
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Few players in this year's NFL draft offer the versatility that Michigan's Denard Robinson does.
While he spent most of his career with the Wolverines as the team's quarterback, he proved late last season and through the offseason that his athleticism and speed makes him an effective weapon at the next level, regardless of position.
The Chiefs have been waiting for two years for WR Dexter McCluster to show the playmaking skills that earned him a second-round selection. Should the Chiefs select him on Saturday, Robinson could very well be an upgrade over McCluster as a slot receiver and returner.
Miami-Ohio QB Zac Dysert
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With the team's trade for starting quarterback Alex Smith, along with the free agent contract they gave backup Chase Daniel, the Chiefs clearly have no need at quarterback for the next couple of seasons.
So in a draft where most of the quarterback prospects appear to be long-term developmental projects, Miami's Zac Dysert could be the best of the bunch.
Dysert is an efficient quarterback having completed well over sixty percent of his throws in each of his four seasons at Miami, and could be an ideal candidate to mentor under Smith and Daniel as the team's number three quarterback.