NFL Draft Focus: Kansas City Chiefs

Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star
talks Chiefs offseason and draft forecast with Draft America. Kansas
City went from worst-to-first in 2010, finishing 10-6. They will pick
21st in the 2011 NFL Draft.


Total Yards:        12th (349.7)

Rushing Yards:    1st (164.2)

Passing Yards:    30th (185.5)

Points Scored:    T-13th (22.9)


Total Yards:        14th (330.2)

Rushing Yards:    14th (110.3)

Passing Yards:    17th (219.9)

Points Allowed:    11th (20.4)

Interceptions:        T-19th (14)

Sacks:                T-10th (39)


Passing Yards:    Matt Cassel (3,116)

Rushing Yards:    Jamaal Charles (1,467)

Receiving Yards:  Dwayne Bowe (1,162)

Sacks:                Tamba Hali (15)

Interceptions:       Eric Berry (4)

Tackles:               Derrick Johnson (122)


2010 Eric Berry, S* (2010 stats: 92
tackles, 4 INT, 2 sacks)

2009 Tyson Jackson, DE (2010 stats: 31
tackles, 1 sack)

2008 Glenn Dorsey, DT (2010 stats: 69
tackles, 2 sacks)

Branden Albert, OL (2010 stats: 15
starts at left tackle)

2007 Dwayne Bowe, WR* (2010 stats: 1,162
rec. yds., league-leading 15 TD)

2006 Tamba Hali, DE* (2010 stats:
AFC-leading 15 sacks)

*Pro Bowler.

What do you feel the Chiefs biggest area of need is?

Wide receiver is probably number one. All they had last season was
Bowe and when he was taken out, the passing game usually got nothing
done. They’re aging in the middle of their offensive line and need
help on the outside, so offensive line is another area of need.
Defensively, they could use a pass rushing outside linebacker to pair
with Tamba Hali and a nose tackle to help with their run defense.

DA: Kansas City has taken a defensive player with five of its
previous seven first-round picks. Is it possible they could go that
way again in 2011?

Possibly. Even though they went for defense with their top pick last
year, they still drafted three offensive players and also signed four
others to play a significant role, so it’s not like they’ve been
ignoring their offense.

DA: The Chiefs ranked 30th in passing yards, yet that stat is not as telling when you consider they had the number one
rushing attack and Matt Cassel had a Pro Bowl season. Do you think
Kansas City feels it still needs to add weapons on offense to help
Cassel’s development?

They’d like another big play option to go with Charles and Bowe.
[Dexter] McCluster could be that guy but he didn’t give them as
much as they anticipated last year.

DA: On the subject of Cassel’s development, if Todd Haley in fact
calls the plays next year will that affect things at all for Cassel?

Hard to say. More important is that they have a QB coach who can work
with Cassel every day. If they get one of those guys, I think Cassel
will be okay no matter who calls the plays.

DA: Do you expect the Chiefs to be big players in free agency this

Probably not big players in free agency. They’ll sign some guys but
probably not any big-dollar players.

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