- Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer
The Kansas City Chiefs have the 23rd selection in this year's NFL draft, and the pick takes on extra significance given their second-round pick has been sent to the San Francisco 49ers as part of the trade that brought quarterback Alex Smith.
The Chiefs just concluded a season in which running back Jamaal Charles was their only consistent offensive threat. The Chiefs would like to diversify their attack, and adding a wide receiver is the best place to do it. A player such as Odell Beckham Jr. of LSU would make sense for the Chiefs. He would provide the Chiefs not only a deep threat but could eventually replace Dwayne Bowe as the No. 1 receiver. Bowe, who had a disappointing season, will be 30 in September.
On defense, help at safety is a priority. Strong safety Eric Berry had a strong season, but the other three top players at the position are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents. Starting free safety Kendrick Lewis had a strong first half of the season, but the quality of his play dipped toward the end, and the Chiefs might be looking for an upgrade. Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix should be a consideration for the Chiefs if he's available when they pick.
Check out Mel Kiper's Mock Draft 1.0 to get his insight on who Kansas City should select in the first round.
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