1. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
2. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
3. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma Stat
4. Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
5. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star cites ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., who has the Chiefs taking Stephon Tuitt with their first pick. The selection makes a lot of sense for a D-line lacking a dominant force on the edge.
Mammoth nose tackle Dontari Poe dominated in patches last season. But a lack of disruption by those either side of him soon left Poe isolated.
Tyson Jackson has never lived up to his billing as a first-round pick in 2009, while veteran Mike DeVito saw his best days with the New York Jets.
Putting a natural 5-technique, 3-4 end like Tuitt next to Poe would make the front more destructive.
Of course, as much as Tuitt makes sense, it's hard to reconcile not using the prime pick to fix a 26th-ranked pass defense. The main problem is at free safety.
Kendrick Lewis and Quintin Demps were too easily manipulated in deep coverage. This practically destroyed the schemes Sutton had built around the single-high safety concept.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is probably the most natural free safety in this draft class. He is productive and knows how to quarterback a secondary.
Another way to boost the defensive backfield is to add a quality starting cornerback to pair with Brandon Flowers. Veterans Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson only hovered around average for most of 2013, while rookie Marcus Cooper was targeted too often.
As an opportunistic playmaker, Justin Gilbert knows no equal in this draft. The Kansas City defense made a lot of splash plays in 2013. The unit would own even more highlight reel minutes with Gilbert in the fold.
Adding a playmaker in the secondary could have greater immediate value in an AFC West Division featuring quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers.
Offensively, the passing game improved mightily down the stretch, but that is not to say quarterback Alex Smith couldn't use a few more targets. One of the smarter picks would be tight end Jace Amaro.
Bleacher Report columnist Matt Miller has the Chiefs selecting Amaro 23rd overall, and describes him as an "athletic, moving tight end, perfect for today's game."
A roving "joker" like Amaro would expand the playbook even more for Reid and Smith.
Another option would be to add a more complete wide receiver next to Dwayne Bowe. WalterFootball.com believe that player will be Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin.
The Seminoles ace can stretch the field the way Donnie Avery can, but his huge 6'5", 234-pound frame also makes him a nightmare underneath.