The Chiefs find themselves in a similar position to others in the top 10, having numerous holes to fill in this year's draft. With the last two first round picks coming on the defensive line, it's highly unlikely the Chiefs spend big money there. The recent signing of Shaun Smith, as well as the hopeful emergence of Dorsey, Jackson, and Magee will likely eliminate the DL from 1st round consideration (even if Suh or McCoy is somehow available).
Cassel - I'm not saying I'm sold, but I'm willing to wait another year with a more capable OL and WR corps. Eliminate Bradford/Clausen.
The recent signing of Thomas Jones to spell Jamaal Charles eliminates any dire need for running back depth - especially in the early rounds.
At LB, the Chiefs re-signed Mike Vrabel and have tendered DJ. Tamba Hali made a nice transition last year, however, the mess of backers remaining include Corey Mays, Jovan Belcher, Andy Studebaker and Demorrio Williams. This is a group which has to play better as a whole for the Chiefs in 2010, both in stuffing the run, and pressuring the passer. Pick #5 seems a reach for McClain, but I wouldn't rule it out quite yet.
Casey Wiegman signed (3/12), eliminating the hogwash of moving Waters to center. However, Wade Smith is gone and RG/RT remains problematic. Moving Branden Albert to RT in favor of a stud LT is a viable thought. Enter in to the discussion Russell Okung and Brian Bulaga.
Defensive back is a troubling area for the Chiefs. In Brandon Flowers, the Chiefs have a building block. However, Brandon Carr was inconsistent last year and safety play was dismal in 2009. I'm wondering if the Jarrad Page era is over, just as Bernard Pollard's bell rang last year - anyone still scratching their head on that one? Regardless, corner and safety have to be areas to target at some point in 2010. Enter Eric Berry and Joe Haden.
Let's run through some scenarios for the Chiefs...each with their pros and cons. In a way, I think the Chiefs have begun to show their hand with their recent activity, but let's just dive in and see! Anyway you slice it, the big 3 problem areas continue to be OL, LB, and safety - followed oh so closely by WR.