Kansas City Chiefs 2013 defensive draft needs
The key positions of need of the Chiefs on defense in 2013 are 3-4 DE, 3-4 ILB, 3-4 OLB and S. Nose tackle isn’t a need, because they must get Dontari Poe to produce as expected.
The Chiefs have to get better upfront, because Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey are busts who need to be released.
Margus Hunt, Datone Jones, Sylvester Williams, Jesse Williams, William Gholston, Joe Kruger, Damion Square and Baker Steinkuhler rate out to the 2nd-4th round range. Margus Hunt in particular gives added value on special teams, because this man is a freak who has a penchant for blocked field goals. He’s almost like the modern-day NFL equivalent of Ted Hendricks.
Then you have 3-4 inside linebacker spots that need a serious upgrade. Kevin Minter of LSU could drop the 2nd round, but better prospects to target are Kevin Reddick, Kiki Alonso and Jonathan Bostic rate favorably in the 2nd to 3rd round range.
Past the 3rd round are developmental prospects such as Nico Johnson, A.J. Klein and Tom Wort. After 3-4 inside linebacker; the Chiefs need to find a pass rushing 3-4 outside linebacker to compliment Tamba Hali on the other side.
Corey Lemonier of Auburn needs to add to his frame, but had a solid season playing with an ankle injury in 2012. Then the Florida State products in Tank Carradine and Brandon Jenkins both can fill that void.
Jenkins in particular missed most of 2012 due to a broken foot, but he was the team’s MVP in 2011. If Jenkins is healthy; he could be a major steal in the 2nd to 3rd round.
The last position that needs some help is at safety. Eric Berry is the only significant piece, and a free safety needs to be found that can help the secondary go to another level.
Luckily the safety class of 2013 is packed with talent. T.J. McDonald, J.J. Wilcox, Bacarri Rambo, Tony Jefferson, Jonathan Cyprien and Phillip Thomas make the list of top prospects past the 1st round. However the biggest underrated prospect has to be Phillip Thomas of Fresno State.
Thomas who led the National in interceptions is a ball hawk, and pairing him with Berry will have an immediate impact on the defense. There are many ways to go with the 2nd round pick for the Chiefs, but selecting a safety or defensive end could be the likely ticket for the Chiefs in the 2013 draft.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.