The early days of free agency have not been kind to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Five players have bolted town, while GM John Dorsey has only been able to ink a trio of reserves that might be able to fight for a starting spot. Even with such a disappointing start to free agency, the needs of the team should still start at wide receiver, and not the positions lost since the end of the season.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his third mock draft and sees things the same way. Once again, he has Kansas City focusing on the offensive side of the ball, specifically at wide receiver.
WR Marqise Lee, USC
The Chiefs are going to be a good defense again in 2014 if they stay healthy, but there’s still uncertainty on the offensive side of the ball, and while you can question the ceiling of Alex Smith at this point in his career, the Chiefs feel they can win with him and also won’t be finding a better solution at this stage in the draft. But they can find Smith some help, and that’s Lee, who brings a lot of refinement as a route runner and the ability to turn a short catch into a big play. And if he goes this low, the chip on his shoulder could also help.
The Chiefs need to find a game breaker to line up opposite Dwayne Bowe if the offense is going to be good enough to make a return trip to the playoffs. Not only does Smith need more options, but Andy Reid has to give defensive coordinators someone to worry about other than Bowe and Jamaal Charles.
Normally a guy like Lee would (and should) go higher than 22, but a disappointing 40 at the combine could push him down some draft boards. That would be great news for the Chiefs, who would hit a home run if they could grab Lee or LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr.