Kansas City Chiefs' 5 Biggest Needs in 2024 NFL Draft

Both Willie Gay Jr. and Drue Tranquill are free agents, giving the Chiefs a potential hole at linebacker
Both Willie Gay Jr. and Drue Tranquill are free agents, giving the Chiefs a potential hole at linebacker / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chiefs are onto the offseason as the team hopes to reload the roster for potentially the first three-peat in NFL history.

While Patrick Mahomes and the defense helped lead Kansas City to the promised land, this was by no means a perfect roster. It was a frustrating season for much of the year, and Brett Veach knows there are ways to improve the team's chances moving forward.

Given the contract negotiations with players like Chris Jones and L'Jarius Sneed as well, Veach has a lot of work ahead of him in the coming months. With that in mind, let's go through the Chiefs' five biggest needs in the NFL Draft as the combine gets underway soon.

KC Chiefs' 5 Biggest Needs in 2024 NFL Draft

1. Wide Receiver

The Chiefs' needing major upgrades at wide receiver is the worst-kept secret in the city. Despite Rashee Rice's emergence as one of the best young wideouts in football, Kansas City led the NFL in dropped passes (44) and saw no other receiver eclipse even 500 yards.

Justin Watson is likely to be back, but Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Mecole Hardman, Kadarius Toney and Richie James could all be on new squads next year. With a loaded free agent class highlighted by Mike Evans on top of one of the best receiver drafts we've seen in years, I expect at least two acquisitions, if not three.

The Chiefs, of course, have the last pick of the first round, though they should be able to land a talented playmaker with one of their first few picks. Guys like Adonai Mitchell, Keon Coleman, and Troy Franklin stand out, though Veach may wait until the second round as he did with Rice and Skyy Moore.

Whether the Chiefs draft a receiver, look at a free agent target or do both, this is the position all of Chiefs Kingdom's eyes will be on as the offseason really gets underway.

This next position isn't as glamorous, but it's equally as important.

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