Thursday, April 21, 2011

NFL Draft Round One - Will Kansas City Select a Defensive Lineman?

With the 2011 NFL draft fast approaching, the Chiefs are running out of time to evaluate the team's needs and formulate a strategy. Unlike recent years, the Chiefs will not be one of the first teams selecting a player, which makes it harder to predict what direction Kansas City will go with the 21st pick.

Many analysts predict the Chiefs will take a defensive lineman, and one name floating around the internet is Muhammed Wilkerson. The former Temple star will likely be around when the Chiefs make their pick, and has been noted for his run stopping ability. Kansas City already has a pass rush specialist at OLD in Tamba Hali, so improving a run defense that struggled at times makes sense.

Sports Illustrated has also bought into the idea of Kansas City adding a defensive lineman, predicting that the Chiefs will grab DT Stephen Paea of Oregon State. Paea had a monster combine and would provide a boost. Another DT SI mentions as a possibility for Kansas City is Illinois' Corey Liuget. The team has struggled to find a playmaker on the defensive line, as Tyson Jackson has underperformed early and often in his career. The Chiefs may yet again draft a defensive lineman with its first round pick, despite addressing this area several times recently.

Kansas City has several needs, so it will likely grab the best talent it can get rather than reach for someone to address a specific weakness. If a talented defensive lineman is on the board, don't be surprised if the Chiefs grab one in hopes that its 3-4 defense will continue to make strides in 2011.

1 comment:

Kansas City Chiefs Draft Logic said...

We definitely need help on the D line and at the linebacker position. Baltimore ran up and down the field at will against us with the same damn play where they ran Rice out of the backfield and dunked it off to him. Our LBs just aren't getting it done. Most are saying that we need a receiver as well, but I think that we just need to restructure our offense overall. We should be lining up in the Pro Form with Jones on one side and Charles on the other side. This set up would allow Cassell to have a couple of extra blockers in case he wants to throw to Bowe or the TE and also would keep the opposing D on their toes not knowing who was going to get the ball, Charles or Jones out of the backfield. Charles is also extremely effective catching the ball in the flat. McCluster has proved to be worthless as he is too small to send out as a receiver. We saw that disaster play out in the playoff game.

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