Kansas City Chiefs Draft Needs, Part One: Offensive Tackle

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Kansas City Chiefs Draft Needs, Part One: Offensive Tackle

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel found himself down on the turf often in 2009. In fact, only five teams in the NFL gave up more sacks than the Chiefs did this season, as Kansas City's quarterbacks hit the deck 45 times.

Chiefs left tackle Brandon Albert played fairly well this season, but it's clear that the coaching staff thinks he would be a better fit at right tackle next season.

That desire, and the fact that this year's crop of young offensive tackles is one of the deepest in recent memory, makes it quite likely that the Chiefs will address the tackle position somewhere in the first three rounds of the draft.

And while most Chiefs fans seem to think that left tackle should be the highest priority in this draft, the Chiefs don't necessarily need to use their first round selection to secure a top player at the position.

Given GM Scott Pioli and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis' draft history together, drafting a tackle at the beginning of the draft may not be their highest priority. Couple that with the fact that there are several blue-chip left tackles available in this year's draft, and it is conceivable that the Chiefs may wait until the second or third round to address this need.

Here is a list of players that could very well get a phone call from Scott Pioli on draft day:

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