Kansas City finds themselves in another rebuilding year and this offseason won't be without its tweaks and upgrades. Some could say there isn't a single position on the roster that is without its weaknesses, but in reality, what team can't say that?
The Chiefs have a few building blocks to piece together a 8-8 team next year and do even better in 2011. Jamaal Charles really showed up as the feature back in Larry Johnson's absence and, while Cassel didn't look like his '08 self, he is still a starting-caliber quarterback who can put points on the board.
Age is starting to effect the line of scrimmage on both sides and a mix of draft prospects and free agency acquisitions is needed to upgrade those positions. Really, the team will work hard this offseason to prevent another Tyson Jackson.
Biggest Needs: OL, WR, RB
With the fifth pick in the draft, the Chiefs have a chance to pick up someone who can contribute immediately, and most people have them going in the direction of the offensive line. Brian Waters' age is becoming evident and Rudy Niswanger can't keep up with oversized nose tackles anymore.
In reality, when Cassel had all of his offensive weapons on the field, they couldn't keep the points off the board. Injuries were a large contributor to their lack of success and the organization needs to target some much-needed youth if they plan on improving their legitimacy.
It's a general rule of thumb that young offensive and defensive lineman need two to three years to truly develop and, while the Chiefs' offensive line have only had a year to gel, injuries are always a concern, and I'm just not sure they have a genuine left tackle to seal outside.
Many fans of Arrowhead are calling for the dismissal of Waters but without a proper heir behind him, that wouldn't be the most prudent decision. Rather, expect the front office to move him to the inside at center. His leadership skills as a veteran are not entirely inadmissible, not yet.
Russel Okung is the most popularly projected acquisition for Kansas City with the fifth pick and, while that would be a hell of a pick, I'm just not sure if it's the right one. Okung has the capabilities to become the next Ryan Clady but he will still take time to develop as a player and as a new member of the team.
When Chris Chambers and Dwayne Bowe were on the field together, the team's needs at wide out were not only absent, they were unthinkable. However, it's clear that injuries and the possibility of losing Chambers to free agency will open the door for the Chiefs to acquire new talent at receiver.
Expect the team to keep an eye on Damien Williams or Golden Tate, guys that have great speed and hands and will be available in the second round. If they choose to wait longer, Jeremy Williams of Tulane will still be around on day two, as well.
Jamaal Charles is now the feature back we never thought he could be, but the possibility of having him worn down before the late stretch or losing him to injury creates a need to find a dependable, short yardage back late in the draft. Toby Gerhart would look great in red, but if he's not around when they turn their attention to running back, Ryan Matthews out of Fresno State would be a lucky pick up.
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