Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Kansas City Chiefs [full archive here].
Season Recap: The Kansas City Chiefs fielded a talented team in 2010, and expectations were high entering 2011. Within the first two weeks of the season, key players Jamal Charles, Eric Berry, and Tony Moekai went on injured reserve, forcing less talented players into the lineup. The roster did not have enough depth to compensate for the losses, and finished the season 7-9. Romeo Crennel showed enough during his time as interim-Head Coach and was hired full-time this offseason. With the return of Charles, Berry, and Moekai, the Chiefs will be improved in 2012.
1. Nose Tackle: In the 3-4 defense having a significant presence at nose tackle is a must. Romeo Crennel coached Vince Wilfork in New England and will surely be looking for a player to replicate his impact. That won’t be easy, but Dontari Poe has all the tools to become a dominating defensive player in the NFL. There are questions about Poe’s limited production at Memphis, but a 6’4’’ 346lb player who ran a 4.98 40-yard dash and posted 44 bench reps, may be too valuable to pass up.
2. Inside Linebacker: The Chiefs have three starting linebackers in Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, and Justin Houston but are lacking a fourth. Luke Kuechly is the best LB in the draft and would be a no-brainer selection, but he may not be available. Bobby Wagner and Travis Lewis are players that will likely be available in rounds two and three.
3. Quarterback: The Chiefs signed Matt Cassel to a six-year $62.7 million contract in 2009, but Cassel has yet to show the “elite” talent, that now seems to be a must for teams looking to make a Super Bowl run. With Romeo Crennel taking over, there may be some members within the organization looking to find a new guy. Ryan Tannehill will be the third quarterback off the board, and the Chiefs could decide to trade up and grab him.