NFL Draft 2011: Kansas City Chiefs May Select Miami Receiver in Second Round
Kansas Chiefs May Go Offense After Initially Addressing Needs On Defense
The Kansas City Chiefs, having made the playoffs last season with a young roster, have the look of an up-and-coming team, but this draft will be crucial if success is to be sustained.
Free agency, whenever it kicks in, threatens to pry away starters from both sides of the ball, leaving holes on the offensive line and especially in the front seven, where tackle Ron Edwards and outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Mike Vrabel could depart.
Defense may be the order of the first round for the Chiefs, but as the Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher writes, the team could easily target a wide receiver as early as the second round.
“The Chiefs might like to draft a wide receiver in the first round but there will be no first-round talent available to them when they make their initial choice,” Teicher opines. “So they will have to wait until round two to fill this need, one big enough it can wait no longer. [Leonard] Hankerson, of Miami, is a good choice at this spot.
“Like most young receivers, Hankerson will take some time to fully develop. Once he does, the Chiefs should have a dangerous receiver to pair with Dwayne Bowe.”
That’s a lofty expectation, but if I suppose if you were to compose a list of coaching tandems to develop a wide receiver, the combination of Todd Haley and Charlie Weis would be somewhere near the top.
for gap maintenance in the 3-4, and also agile enough to rush the quarterback off the edge.
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