Where the Chiefs' WR Depth Chart Stands Heading Into Draft

Rashee Rice is expected to be among the Chiefs' top wide receivers pending a potential suspension
Rashee Rice is expected to be among the Chiefs' top wide receivers pending a potential suspension / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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It's no secret that wide receiver is one of the Chiefs' biggest needs heading into the 2024 NFL Draft beginning on Thursday. The organization not only needs to bolster a group that led the league in dropped passes (44) last year, but it also must plan for the likely Rashee Rice suspension on the way.

Despite reports that Kansas City is targeting an offensive tackle in the first round, betting odds still suggest wide receiver is the position of choice. In any case, I expect a receiver to join the team within the first three rounds.

Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown will already give the room a boost but additional reinforcements are necessary. Before the fireworks begin, let's take a look at the wide receiver depth chart as it stands. Since the depth chart itself fluctuates depending on the formation used, we'll go in order of how I see the snaps being distributed.

Chiefs' WR Depth Chart Before 2024 NFL Draft

1. Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown

Hollywood Brown instantly becomes the only wide receiver on the roster with a 1,000-yard season on his resume. He's a dynamic deep threat and gets the nod over Rice due to that probable suspension.

The 2019 first-round draft pick only has 1,283 receiving yards in the two years since he had 1,008 with Baltimore in 2021, though I'm confident Kansas City will better utilize Brown than Arizona did. Patrick Mahomes hasn't had a vertical speedster like this since Tyreek Hill, and Andy Reid's offenses have always benefitted from having a field-stretcher.

Brown should be highly motivated in his best chance for postseason success and has already been working out with Mahomes down in Texas. I anticipate he'll be on the field as much as possible.

2. Rashee Rice

Were it not for his off-field troubles, Rice would have a legitimate claim of being the No. 1 receiver on the roster. He caught 79 passes for 938 yards and seven TDs in his rookie campaign, gaining Mahomes' trust and healthy involvement in the offense as the season went on.

He had 33 targets in the playoffs and should remain a large part of the Chiefs' plan once he's on the field. His skillset complements Brown's, ultimately giving the offense two dynamic receivers to build the game plan around, to say nothing of Travis Kelce's ability in the passing game as well.

A first-round draft pick could cut into these snaps, but Brown and Rice feel firmly established as the top two wide receivers.

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