2014 NFL Draft: 6 Best Options for Kansas City Chiefs' 1st-Round Pick
With the 2014 NFL combine now in the past, teams are likely modifying their draft big boards as we speak.
The Kansas City Chiefs will have the 23rd overall pick in this year's draft, which gives them many possibilities for what they can do with that selection. They could take a talented young wideout like FSU's Kelvin Benjamin or LSU's Odell Beckham Jr., among others. Or they could go with a stout defensive back, such as Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
There are a host of different directions that Kansas City could go with this pick. Let's break down the best options for the Chiefs with their first-round pick in the draft this year.
WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most explosive offensive players in this year's draft class. He ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and is known to be very elusive in the open field.
The New Orleans native looks even more attractive when you consider that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid typically goes for shorter, quick receivers in his style of the West Coast offense that he is trying to create in Kansas City.
If the Chiefs select him, OBJ would give K.C. another dynamic playmaker who is talented enough to start right away at wide receiver.
WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin was one of the most intriguing wide receiver prospects to come out this year and could very well be there for the Chiefs when they are on the clock in the first round.
He is also one of the biggest wideouts in this year's class at 6'5" and 234 pounds, and he possesses a large wingspan for his size.
Benjamin helped the Seminoles win a national championship last year, thanks in part to his 15 receiving touchdowns on the year, and he projects to be a a great red-zone target at the next level.
Although he is still very raw at just 23 years old, he has the tools to become a star receiver for this Chiefs offense in the future.
WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Brandin Cooks is an electrifying talent who turned in the fastest 40-meter dash time for wide receivers at the combine last month, clocking in at 4.33. For that reason, his speed alone is worth a strong look from the Chiefs brass with their first pick this year.
Cooks also had one of the best statistical seasons for a receiver last year in college football, catching 128 passes for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns.
At this point, he projects as more of a slot receiver in the NFL, but he has the versatility to play outside and would really add a lot to this K.C. receiving corps next season and beyond.
FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
Behind wide receiver, free safety has to be the Chiefs' second-biggest hole on their current roster.
That's why it would make sense for the team to use its first-round pick on former Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Clinton-Dix is a surefire first-round talent and is exactly what K.C.'s defense needs as far as tackling and being solid in coverage is concerned. The one concern about him is that he received a DUI before the start of last season and was later suspended by Alabama, but he will be in good hands with Andy Reid's coaching staff in Kansas City.
FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville
Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor are two of the top safety prospects in this year's draft class.
Of the two, Pryor is more of the big hitter, while Clinton-Dix is more skilled in coverage.
Like Clinton-Dix, Louisville's Pryor would provide K.C. with a talented young safety who could start opposite Eric Berry next season.
The Port St. Joe, Fla., native would also give the Chiefs another leader on their secondary and would help opposing offenses think twice about trying to burn Kansas City's defense with the deep ball on a consistent basis.
Trade Down for a Later Pick
One of the benefits of having the 23rd overall pick in this year's draft is that the Chiefs brass has the option to trade down if it's not satisfied with the players that are currently available. This might be wise, as the Chiefs do not have a second-round pick in the draft due to the Alex Smith trade last offseason.
It also doesn't seem like a bad idea when you consider that this draft is loaded with talent and depth at several positions across the board, including wide receiver Jordan Matthews, whom K.C. could be targeting for the second round already.
Of course, the last time the Chiefs traded down in the first round, they selected draft bust Jonathan Baldwin, something the team obviously cannot afford to have happen again this year.
That being said, that was a different regime, and current general manager John Dorsey seems committed to improving this team in any way possible, even if it means that he has to trade down in the first round.