NFL Draft 2011: Will Kansas City Join the AFC Elite by Finding the Final Pieces?
NFL Draft 2011 Kansas City has seen a great resurgence with Scott Pioli transforming the organization into a winner again. The Chiefs will need to find some depth in the trenches to take the next step though.
Wes Bunting has pegged the Chiefs to take someone to handle the load up front on defense; which was an area of concern in the Chiefs playoff run last season.
"Not exactly a Scott Pioli-type character pick here. However, there is a big need for a nose tackle in K.C. and Taylor fits the bill. Plus, you don’t want your defensive linemen to be angels anyway."
This would be a fine pick for KC as they would get a hard-nosed player that will be relentless up front, but it would be questioned by many accounts. Stephen Paea and Corey Liuget have been names that also are on the Chiefs radar
Scouts Inc's Gary Horton feels the biggest need for the Chiefs continues to be linebackers on the outside.
"Tamba Hali is a terrific player who recorded 14.5 sacks this past season, but he needs some help. Veteran Mike Vrabel is 35 years old and near the end of his career, and he may not be back. Andy Studebaker has promise, but he is not an elite player."
Justin Houston or Akeem Ayers could be player's that would be perfect for that role, and I do not expect either of these players to be off the board by the time Kansas City is on the clock.
A wide out to compliment Dwayne Bowe would be a welcomed site in Kansas City, but there will not be a player to take that's worth it when it's there turn on the clock. Look for them to address that in following rounds.
Chiefs fans may feel that they should go with the "sexy" pick with a wide receiver, but they have to trust in the wisdom of Haley and Pioli who have gotten KC this far.
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