As all Kansas City Chiefs fans know, one of the major holes we need to fill for next season is at the wide receiver position. This off season is full of talent at the wide receiver position, both in Free Agency and in the draft. All of the recent mock drafts have the Chiefs taking a WR in the first round, which is a great way to add long term depth at a position. But, what if the Chiefs added a WR through Free Agency?
One obvious possibility is Jeremy Maclin. So we will start with him. The soon-to-be 26 year-old receiver played under Coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia, and Reid remains the only head coach that Maclin has played for: he was out for the entire 2013 season due to injury.
In Maclin’s last active season, he caught 69 passes for 857 yards and 7 touchdowns in 15 games. Throughout his four year career (excluding the 5th season: injury) Maclin has averaged 863 yards per season, along with 6.5 TD’s per season.
Another reason that Maclin could be willing to come to Kansas City, is that he was born and raised in Missouri. Chesterfield, Missouri, to be exact, which is about 3 hours away from KC. He also attended Missouri University as a collegian.
Even though Maclin is a low #1/high #2 receiver, he is coming off an ACL tear, which could allow the Chiefs to grab him at a discounted price. All John Dorsey has to do is convince Maclin to come play for his old coach, who helped him to his breakout sophomore year in 2010.
Another free agent option at wide receiver, and my personal favorite, is Hakeem Nicks. This North Carolina product is a beast of a football player. At 26 years-old, he stands at 6 foot 1 inch and 208 pounds, which is 1 inch taller and 10 pounds heavier than Maclin.
Last season, Nicks put up 56 receptions, 896 yards, and zero touchdowns, in the worst offensive season that the Giants have had in quite some time. Throughout his 5 year career in New York, Nicks has averaged 924.5 yards, and 5.4 TD’s per season.
Those are pretty good numbers for a player who hasn’t even reached his full potential yet, according to multiple analysts.
Hakeem is a physical specimen who can line up anywhere, and can break away from defenders and make plays. If you pair that up with a QB with the abilities of Alex Smith, that could be an amazing duo.
Due to the fact that he has yet to reach the potential that the Giants were hoping for, and because of his zero TD 2013 performance, the Chiefs could get a bargain deal here, where the reward would be well worth the risk.
So I am asking for your opinion Chiefs fans! Who would you rather see the Chiefs pick up this off season: Nicks or Maclin?