In what is always a slow NFL off-season, things like free agency, retirement, and the scouting combine keep the football world turning. In all reality, though, all of the other off-season aspects pale in comparison to the 2014 NFL Draft.
Nothing gets football fans more excited than the thought of the next Jerry Rice or Ray Lewis falling to their team, late in the first round; which is exactly where the Kansas City Chiefs sit, with the 23rd overall pick, as of now.
Fortunately for the Chiefs, this year’s draft happens to be one of the deepest, in regards to talent, in recent years.
Kansas City GM, John Dorsey, will have his hands full, though, as the Chiefs need help at the wide receiver position, as well as the defensive back unit. Another pass rusher to help aid Tamba Hali and Justin Houston would also be a nice addition to the front seven.
Below, I’ve listed three possible selections for Kansas City, in the first round; one at every position likely to be addressed, this May during the 2014 NFL Draft.
Jordan Matthews, WR: Quite possibly the most underrated receiver in the 2014 draft, Matthews leaves Vanderbilt as the all-time SEC leader in receptions and receiving yards. Last weekend at the scouting combine, he measured in at 6’3″, 212 lbs, and ran a 4.46 40. If Jordan Matthews is available at 23, I think Andy Reid would be wise to add this explosive, sure-handed, big-bodied receiver to his offense, opposite Dwayne Bowe.
Calvin Pryor, FS: The junior out of Louisville has been showing up in the first round of a lot of recent mock drafts, becoming recognized as one of the most well-rounded safety prospects in this yea’r draft. Pryor plays with an intimidating presence, as he’s a physical open-field tackler. Throw in his exceptional closing speed, and 6’2″, 208-pounder could be the perfect fit next to Eric Berry, moving forward.
Aaron Donald, DL: Undersized and under-appreciated, Donald was a constant headache for opposing quarterbacks and offensive linemen at Pitt. Despite leading the nation in sacks, Donald is often overlooked because of his 6’1″, 285 lb. frame. After running an insanely quick 40 yard dash (4.68) and putting up 35 reps of 225 lbs. on the bench, Arron Donald is forcing his way into the first round, whether teams think he’s big enough, or not.
Dark Horse: There’s always the possibility of Kansas City trading down, come draft day. As I said earlier, the 2014 draft class is DEEP, so the more picks you’ve got, the better. And with the Chiefs already lacking a second round pick, don’t be surprised if John Dorsey makes a move to get right back into it.