Chiefs need to rebuild secondary

Updated: February 24, 2004, 3:48 PM ET
By By Scouts, Inc. | For ESPN Insider

With free agency beginning March 3 and the draft just around the corner, Scouts, Inc., breaks down the biggest offseason needs for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Cornerback: Though starters Eric Warfield and Dexter McCleon played well at times last year, they faded down the stretch and underscored the Chiefs' need for a shutdown corner who can dominate upper-echelon receivers. As the season wore on, the Chiefs played a lot more cover 2 schemes to protect their corners from turn-and-run situations. Both Warfield and McCleon are aggressive effort players, but they give up a lot of big plays and don't have great recovery skills. Top backup William Bartee, who lost his starting job to McCleon, seems to be playing with little confidence. Julian Battle, a third-round pick last year, has some promise as a developmental player but is nowhere near ready to start. Kansas City will target a perimeter player who excels in man-to-man schemes and would allow either Warfield or McCleon (probably the latter) to move inside to cover the slot.