Kansas City Chiefs Post-Draft Wish List
The 2013 NFL draft is in the books.
From Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher, to South Carolina tight end Justice Cunningham, 254 players have been selected over three days.
Now the real craziness starts.
There are still a number of players who could potentially make an impact in the NFL, as players from Arian Foster to Kurt Warner have shown the value that undrafted free agents can have in the National Football League.
There's no telling if such a star will come from this year's crop, but here's a look at 10 players the Chiefs should have on speed dial as the feeding frenzy for free agents gets underway.
Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray is the 2013 recipient of the "Vontaze Burfict Award for Proper Pre-Draft Performance."
A rocket-armed, 6'6" quarterback who threw for over 3,600 yards in 2012, Bray's inconsistency cost him in many scouts' eyes, and the immaturity he displayed both in Knoxville and during the draft process knocked him from second-day pick to undrafted free agent.
Still, there's considerable talent there, and the Chiefs didn't draft a developmental quarterback this year.
Jordan Rodgers, QB, Vanderbilt
As I said on the previous slide, the Kansas City Chiefs eschewed the quarterback position in this year's draft, and while the newly acquired Chase Daniel is a decent backup for fellow newcomer Alex Smith, the team could still stand to add a developmental passer.
The 6'1", 212-pounder is still very much a work in progress, but Rodgers showed last year with the Commodores that he has the physical tools to, at the very least, be a solid backup.
Besides, maybe there's some genetic greatness in there, just waiting to burst through the surface.
Hey, it could happen!
Zach Rogers, WR, Tennessee
As with the quarterback position, the Chiefs did not draft a wide receiver in 2013.
The team did add Donnie Avery in free agency, but Jonathan Baldwin has yet to live up to the first-round pick it took to get him, and the team could use depth at the position.
In Zach Rogers of Tennessee, the Chiefs could secure a sure-handed receiver whose talent far surpasses his production in Knoxville.
That's what happens when you're stuck behind the likes of Da'Rick Rogers and Cordarrelle Patterson. Only so many footballs to go around.
Jasper Collins, WR, Mount Union
Since the Chiefs didn't draft a wideout, it's very important that the team makes adding an undrafted free agent or two at the position a priority, as they need to add depth behind Dwayne Bowe.
Jasper Collins isn't especially big or especially fast, but the small-school standout is a precise route-runner who could quickly develop into an effective weapon from the slot.
Jason Weaver, OT, Southern Miss
You can never have too many offensive linemen in today's NFL.
Sure, the team added a pair of linemen in the draft, but while Eric Fisher will start from Day 1. small-school center Eric Kush is a project type.
That should leave the Chiefs searching for a big body or two, and in Jason Weaver of Southern Miss, Kansas City could pick up a versatile two-year starter capable of playing tackle or guard.
James Wilson, OG, Florida
Outside of the aforementioned Kush, The Chiefs didn't add any interior linemen. That's despite the fact that center Rodney Hudson missed most of the 2012 season, and the even more disturbing fact that left guard Jeff Allen was horrible.
Florida guard James Wilson played well against top-flight SEC opposition at left guard for the Gators in 2012, and the 6'3" 315-pound sixth-year senior would at the very least give Allen a run for his money in training camp.
In fact, if he can stay healthy, I wouldn't rule out Wilson winning the job outright.
Braden Hansen, OG/C, Brigham Young
Just in case I haven't been clear, the Kansas City Chiefs should really look to add an interior lineman on the offensive front.
Granted, the 6'6" 307-pound Hansen is older than most rookies after a two-year Mormon mission, and Hansen isn't an elite athlete, but he's a hard-nosed, strong young player with experience playing center and both guard spots.
A.J. Francis, DL, Maryland
Kansas City added a developmental end in Mike Catapalo in the draft, and the Chiefs have already signed a pair of free agent defensive linemen.
However, given the dearth of talent at the position on the roster, this is a spot where the Chiefs should just keep throwing guys at the wall.
Maybe one will stick.
Defensive lineman A.J. Francis has the size to play end in the 3-4 at 290 pounds, and after making 43 tackles and four sacks as a senior at Maryland, Francis looked good at January's East-West Shrine Game.
Travis Long, OLB, Washington State
In Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, the Chiefs have a pair of very good outside linebackers, but that doesn't mean that the team couldn't afford to add some depth behind them.
Travis Long of Washington State may not have the athleticism of Houston or Hali, but the All-Pac-12 performer is just the sort of smart, hard-nosed football player who would be a solid depth addition behind them.
Demontre Hurst, CB, Oklahoma
Just with offensive linemen, cornerback is a position where there's no such thing as too much depth.
The Chiefs have taken a number of steps to upgrade the secondary this offseason, and continued that trend on Day 3 of the NFL draft with the addition of Georgia defensive back Sanders Commings.
That shouldn't preclude them from continuing to shake the trees.
Oklahoma's Demontre Hurst is a physical young cornerback who was second-team All-Big 12 as both a junior and senior, and while Hurst's lack of size may preclude him from playing outside he could still be a viable contributor in subpackages.
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