Nothing is going to get the Kansas City Chiefs into the playoffs—Kyle Orton won't make enough of a difference. Tim Tebow's college-style offense hasn't been stopped yet and Rolando McClain's recent gun charge won't derail the Raiders.
So unless watching the Chiefs continue to lose this season satisfies your masochistic tendencies, the best distraction for Chiefs fans is the 2012 season.
Fortunately, the NFL never stops moving anymore. As soon as the Pro Bowl ends it's time to get ready for the NFL Combine, free agency and the NFL Draft.
The off-season will bring a number of additional benefits for Kansas City, too. The Chiefs' most dynamic players will return to the lineup and should immediately impact a team which lacked focus all season.
But just as their absence alone didn't destroy Kansas City's season, their return won't turn this team back into a playoff contender. They'll need to add talent and depth to be competitive again—the best place for that is the draft.
That said, here's a look at my predictions for next year's draft, from the immediate game-changing top pick to the late-round diamonds in the rough. These picks should put Kansas City right back into the mix for the AFC West title in 2012.