Kansas City Chiefs Draft Needs, Part Three: Wide Receiver

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Kansas City Chiefs Draft Needs, Part Three: Wide Receiver

New Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator Charlie Weis has one request of GM Scott Pioli for this April's draft...a playmaking wide receiver.

Most Chiefs fans and virtually every mock draft out there currently have the Chiefs selecting tackle Russell Okung with the fifth overall selection because of the 45 sacks the team allowed last season.

While Okung could definitely provide a boost for the Chiefs offensive line, the real question is whether the line is really the key to reducing the team's sacks allowed.

Last season, when quarterback Matt Cassel had wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Chris Chambers to throw to, the team only allowed 1.4 sacks per game.

In games where Cassel only had one of those two to throw to, he was sacked 3.5 times per game, including four games where he was sacked five times.

In fact, Cassel wasn't just sacked less, but all his numbers improved significantly with both Bowe and Chambers.

Cassel's numbers with Bowe and Chambers:
56.9-completion percentage
239.2-passing yards per game
6.87-yards per attempt
1 interception every 43.5 passes

Cassel's numbers without Bowe and/or Chambers:
53.9-completion percentage
172.8-passing yards per game
5.42-yards per attempt
1 interception every 26.6 passes

With the status of Chambers up in the air, as he is a free agent, the Chiefs must address wide receiver in this draft. Even if the Chiefs re-sign Chambers, both Weis and head coach Todd Haley desperately want a playmaking receiver in the Wes Welker or Troy Brown mold to play in the slot.

Here is a list of potential candidates whom the Chiefs will look for in this year's draft, which is thin in first-round talent but is fairly deep with guys that can help this team in the second and third rounds.

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