Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Donnie Avery (17) is unable to catch this pass while defended by Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster (36) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Denver won the game 35-28. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The KC Chiefs Need To Find An Elite Receiver

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The NFL draft is less than a week away and soon enough, the KC Chiefs will be on the clock, leaving us to guess who they will take. Most of the speculation agrees that receiver is where the Chiefs go with the 23rd overall pick and that’s fine, So long as they find the right guy. An “elite” level talent.

If you look through the history of the Chiefs, you’ll find that receiver hasn’t been their strongest position. I don’t think you’ll find much of an argument against Otis Taylor for being considered the Chiefs greatest receiver in franchise history. What’s sad is that was over 40 years ago.

The Chiefs have had great seasons in spurts from their wide outs like Dwayne Bowe (2010), Andre Rison (1997), and Derek Alexander (2000). The fact is, the Chiefs haven’t had a receiver that scares a defense completely since 1975 when Otis Taylor retired.

With this draft class being so deep at wide receiver, the chances of them finding the next great pass catcher has a good percentage. However, I’m a bit skeptical when it comes to them drafting a receiver in the first round.

Kansas City drafted Jonathon Baldwin in 2011 at almost the same spot as they’re picking this year. Baldwin was nothing short of a bust as he’s only been in the NFL for three seasons and is fighting to stay on a roster. Now granted, I trust John Dorsey to make the right decision but, I’m still a little jaded towards a receiver in the late first round.

There are some good third round options, which you can check out here, that the Chiefs could consider if they decide to go defense early on which, in my opinion, is the route they should go. As the NFL proves over and over again, defense win’s championships so you can never have enough talent on that side of the ball.

Either way, it’s been over 40 years since the Chiefs have had an elite wide receiver. That needs to change and the sooner it happens, the more consistency we’ll see from their offense.

Anyone have an argument for greatest receiver in Chiefs history? Bowe is probably the best since Taylor and obviously Tony Gonzalez was out of this world but, he was a tight end so it doesn’t count. Also, are there any receivers our readers have been keeping an eye on in the draft? Who could be the next “elite” receiver in Kansas City Chiefs history?

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