Thursday’s NFL draft is important to every team…
However, it’s particularly critical to the Kansas City Chiefs who badly need to add some weapons on offense. They have zero running game to speak of. Spencer Ware had a below average season. Tyreek Hill is a once in a while running back, and that’s about it.
The Chiefs running game was so bad on 3rd and 4th down short yardage last year that they went to QB Alex Smith for runs or pass to pick up the first down. Unfortunately, usually it failed.
So is running back their first pick, right?
Should they take controversial running back Joe Mixon?
Hey, it’s worked out thus far with for Hill and his issues. He hasn’t killed or beat up any women to date. And Hill was the Chiefs MVP no question. Without him the Chiefs wouldn’t have won the divisi and might not have made the playoffs. He had 12 TD’s and was All Pro.
Hill’s past was similar to Mixon’s – his beating up his pregnant girlfriend. But Mixon beat his up on video, not good.
Will KC dare to take another risk?
There are several other good backs out there, so my guess is no.
We all know Alex Smith is nearing the end of his NFL career in Kansas City.
Will KC look for his replacement?
Clemson quarterback Desean Watson might be available when the Chiefs take their first round pick. Will they go for him? Most think no.
Many NFL observers question Watson’s overall ability to win in the NFL.
His skill set seems to be there, but teams are not confident in his ability to get it done, and fast.
Lets face it, no No. 1 draft pick on quarterback over the last 10 years has been a smash hit in the league.
That kinda includes Andrew Luck, the Indy quarterback, who has yet to become an elite player. And lets not forget RG3. A long list of first round quarterbacks have failed. Most of the ones who have done well were picked in later rounds.
So what are the Chiefs likely to do?
Maybe a linebacker.
The Chiefs have had a long run of success over the years at that spot.
Derrick Thomas, Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston – to name a few.
Dee Ford had a better season last year, unfortunately he faded towards the end of the year.
Tamba is a spot player at best and Derrick Johnson is coming back from yet another injury and is 35, so the Chiefs can’t really count on him.
Justin Houston has been injured nearly the entire time since he signed a huge contract. Yes, he had one great game last year against Denver, but that was it. He may never be what he once was before he got hurt.
So linebacker is a big need today.
Chiefs can always use a top notch offensive lineman and help on the D line as well for pass defense. But that’s everyone in the league.
And let’s not forget wide receiver Jeremy Maclin who is either hurt or not playing at the needed level of a No.1 wide out.
My opinion is the Chiefs need get a top notch running back.
Somebody who can also catch and pick up that tough short yardage. One reason this team falls short seems to be on offense when it’s needed in the big games in the post season. Take our home loss to the Steelers.
The Chiefs have a tough schedule this coming fall:
New England, Dallas, Steelers, Giants plus our own division that includes Oakland and Denver.
Smith is the starting quarterback and he needs some help. We all know what Alex can and can’t do, so management needs to give him more weapons to win. Can they? Can he?
Let’s hope the Chiefs find a couple players in the draft who can step in and help right now.
Hey, it’s never easy!