Over the past month, Kansas City has hired former New England coordinators Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel. The Chiefs can bring in as many former New England coaches and players as they want, but they have a long road to go to be even listed in the same class as the Patriots.
The Chiefs struggled to get anything going on offense this year ranking 23rd in the NFL in scoring. The only bright spot in 2009 for the Chiefs was the late emergence of Jamaal Charles and Chris Chambers. Charles rushed for 1,120 yards and seven TDs, while Chambers had 36 catches for 608 yards and four TDs.
With the 2010 NFL Draft around the corner, the Chiefs will be looking to make a splash, with five selections in the first 100 picks. The Chiefs have many glaring holes on offense and defense that they need to address. With one of those draft picks, the Chiefs should really take a close look at Texas Longhorns wide receiver Jordan Shipley.
Shipley is one of the best wide receiver prospects in this year’s draft. At 6’0’’, 195 lbs. Shipley has great speed, quickness, and route running ability.
While watching Shipley play this year, I was reminded of one of the great slot wide receivers in the NFL, Wes Welker. If Kansas City wants to become the younger clone of New England, they’ll need to find their Wes Welker.
Shipley would be the perfect fit at slot WR for the Chiefs. With Bowe and Chambers stretching the field, Shipley would be able to cause many matchup problems for opposing defenses.
As of right now, Shipley is projected as a late second or early third-round pick. This puts the Chiefs in a perfect scenario, allowing them to first address their problems at left tackle, middle linebacker, and safety. If Shipley plays like he did at Texas, the Chiefs would move one step closer to becoming the Patriots of the Midwest.