The Kansas City Chiefs were supposed to take a receiver in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. Ask anybody. As seen on NFL.com, most mock drafts created after the final whistle blew in the Super Bowl had the Chiefs set to take a receiver.
NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock went on record more times that I'd like to count stating the 2014 draft class—and specifically the receiver position—was the deepest he had seen in at least 10 years.
Mayock had this to say during a predraft conference call:
From my perspective, this is the deepest and best draft class I've seen in probably ten years. That's been reinforced by most of the general managers and scouts I've talked to throughout the league. I had one GM tell me the other day that having a Top-20 pick this year is very similar to having a Top‑10 pick last year.
After the Chiefs turned in one of the least productive receiving seasons in the NFL in 2013, nearly everyone was sure that the team would take one of the top pass-catching prospects.
As we all now know, that never happened.
In fact, not only did Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid not take a receiver in the first round, they didn't draft one during the entire three-day event.
While this may have angered many Chiefs fans and befuddled the so-called experts, it only goes to show that Reid and Dorsey clearly have faith in the players currently on the roster and their ability to have a breakout year during the 2014 season.
But who will rise to the top of the Chiefs' receiving corps?
While making these predictions during mandatory minicamp in June may be premature, the following slides depict the clear front-runners in the Chiefs' receiving game.