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All About Depth

28 April 2011

This weekend's draft is going to be one of the most important the Kansas City Chiefs have had in years. Looking back the Chiefs won the division by benefiting from a weak schedule in a crazy division but should this draft go down as a success this team will have made a very crucial step towards becoming an elite team.

The Denver Broncos still need help in a lot of areas, the San Diego Chargers are showing signs that their Super Bowl window may have closed, and the Oakland Raiders....well, let's just say that nothing can destroy momentum the way a Raider draft and off-season can. The Chiefs are easily in the best shape of any team in the AFC West.

Here's what I expect to happen.

Round 1: NT Phil Taylor from Baylor. Also could be Stephen Paea from Oregon State or Corey Liuget from Illinois but this is a huge need. In order for the 3-4 defense to work it all revolves around the nose tackle.

Round 2: WR Jerrel Jernigan from Troy. I just hope they take a receiver here, I really don't care who it is or from where he is from. If the Chiefs don't like Jernigan all that will likely be available at this point will be either Titus Young from Boise State or Jon Baldwin from Pittsburgh and they are all pretty much a Dwayne Bowe copy's. Jernigan is a little more solid, not such a speed threat, and can catch the ball in traffic.

Round 3: OT Nate Solder from Colorado. Do you take a 3rd round chance on 1st round size? Why not? The Chiefs can use all the line help they can get and Solder has a reputation as a hard worker and a learner.

Round 4: LB Casey Matthews from Oregon. Solid player from a big time program. I know there's a lot of talk about his name making him overrated but I'm ok with that. I would like to see a player of Matthew's caliber taken with this pick so why not get the real deal with the name as an added bonus?

Round 5: OG Justin Boren from Ohio State. Another solid player from a big time program. I'd love to see Boren and Solder develop properly and just based on size alone they could resemble the Dallas Cowboys of the early-mid 1990's. Ball control in December, brings back warm memories of cold days.

Round 6: WR Dane Sanezenbacher from Ohio State. Another solid, catch the ball in traffic and keep the chains moving kind of receiver.

Round 7: OT Adam Grant from Arizona. Saw this guy play in person and he was a lot of fun to watch. If he's still available I hope the Chiefs make the call.

Eric Tellez is a team reporter from Las Cruces, NM. He has been contributing to NFLMIX.com for 2-years. Email him at footballfreepress@yahoo.com to talk football anytime.

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