The Kansas City Chiefs have drafted three players so far in the 2013 NFL draft, and they have all been offensive players. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey drafted offensive tackle Eric Fisher, tight end Travis Kelce and running back Knile Davis in Rounds 1 and 3. Earlier this offseason, the Chiefs traded away their second-round pick to San Francisco for quarterback Alex Smith.
Kansas City has invested its four draft picks so far on an offensive player. Since Kansas City finished 24th in total offense and last in scoring in 2012, the Chiefs need all the help they can get on offense. Therefore, the front office decided to draft offensive players in the first two days of the draft, which makes sense, and Chiefs fans should be happy with the plan and attempt to rebuild the offense.
The Chiefs were without a leader under center in 2012 as Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn threw far more interceptions than touchdowns. Jamaal Charles had a tremendous season after bouncing back from a knee injury the season before, but he had no help from Peyton Hillis and had to carry the team in the rushing department.
Dwayne Bowe led the team in receptions with 59 and yards with 801, which aren’t high numbers for a top receiver. Although Bowe had to deal with issues at the quarterback position, he still owns some responsibility for his reduced performance. His three receiving touchdowns all came in the fourth quarter during blowouts in which the outcome of the two games was already decided.
Kansas City’s defense was far from perfect last year but did nearly everything it could to provide the offense ample opportunities to defeat its opponents.
The defense stood up to Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and the first meeting against Denver. Outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston and inside linebacker Derrick Johnson were all major threats to opposing offensive players and made their way to the Pro Bowl this past season.
However, the defense was rewarded for its strong efforts by having to return to the field after the offense had several three-and-outs.
Even with some help from the defense, the Chiefs' minus-24 turnover ratio is due to the offense’s poor ability to take care of the football, turning the ball over excessively each week.
Kansas City addressed most of its defensive needs through free agency and want to fix the offense through the draft.
Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid deserve a lot of credit for how they planned the first two days of the draft. Although they were unable to get a second-round pick for Branden Albert in this year’s draft, they continue to move on and take players who they think can benefit the team and help improve the offense.
The Chiefs scored only 35 touchdowns on offense the last two years combined and must change that in 2013.
With the way the Chiefs have worked on improving the offense by trading for Smith and with their picks in the draft—and considering the pieces they currently have in Charles and Bowe—the offense should be far better than it was the past couple of years.
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