KC Chiefs: Way too early look at potential positions of need in 2021 draft

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Rashod Bateman #13 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Rashod Bateman #13 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

It’s never too early to look into the 2021 draft and where the KC Chiefs may turn their focus.

As more questions than answers swirl around all walks of every day life, we turn our eyes toward next spring and look toward the 2021 draft. It’s never too early to look at or think about what the Kansas City Chiefs may need, so let’s take a look at a few areas that may interest the organization in the years to come.

We start with wide receiver, where the Chiefs face the possible departure of Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson as both are on one year deals for the 2020 season.

Here are a trio of potential targets the KC Chiefs could look at to help replace the production of likely free agent departures

The Kansas City Chiefs return Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson for the 2020 season, but there are questions if they will be with the team past this season. A toughening cap situation both for the Chiefs and the league in general clouds the future at the position and finding help for Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman is a must.

Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

Jaylen Waddle might be the most inline of what the Chiefs look for in the wide receiver class in the next draft, as he’s really fast. With good size to go along with the speed and experience returning punts for the Crimson Tide, Waddle is the receiver we should expect the Chiefs to covet, but likely unable to get because he will be long gone before the Chiefs select. Waddle is a burner, break away type receiver the Chiefs have shown to covet in drafts previous.

Rashod Bateman, Minnesota

Rashod Bateman is an intriguing prospect. Depending on how you view his potential, Bateman either has a little bit to offer in a lot of aspects or he’s not good enough in any certain area to be highly impactful.

With the little bit to offer in a lot of aspects, Bateman has good size, appears to have good hands, and good quickness. With the not being able to do much to be impactful, one has to wonder if he will be big enough or fast enough to compensate for the other. He does run good routes and has both quickness and speed, while lacking the true burner quality.

Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU

A different type of receiver than the Chiefs have shown to target in years past, Terrace Marshall Jr. would easily be the tallest receive on the roster at 6’3″. With Justin Jefferson leaving the group in the most recent draft, Marshall still will be behind likely top 2020 receiving prospect Ja’Marr Chase.

A fluid athlete, Marshall will need to show an ability to win with acceleration and route running to truly be on the map for the Chiefs. I won’t say height doesn’t matter to the Chiefs, but it’s not at the top of the list.