Veteran receiver Eddie Kennison is aging, and while Samie Parker and Dante Hall are decent options, they have yet to show that they are game-breaking receivers, or top tier receivers. Hall is known mainly for his efforts as a return man for special teams, while Parker completed just his third season and is somewhat undersized. With Kennison headed into his mid-thirties, a receiver for the future will likely be targeted. If Dwayne Jarrett or Ted Ginn Jr. falls into Kansas City’s lap at the draft, it will be hard to resist making either one their top selection.
Center Casey Wiegmann will be thirty-four during the 2007 season and right guard Will Shields is two years older than Wiegmann. The line is solid in terms of talent, but the tackle position can be made stronger as the team is dealing with projects at the position, and age and injuries cannot be ignored. The Chiefs could spend an early draft choice on a lineman to bring in depth and youth to develop behind the veterans that currently work in the trenches. Finding a replacement for a player like Shields could prove to be difficult, so the team will look sooner rather than later.
On defense, the tackle position can be upgraded immensely. Ron Edwards and Alfonso Boone are currently slotted as the starters, and defensive ends Jared Allen and Tamba Hali need more help from the interior rushers. If the team can’t grab the receiver they want, this is an area that may move to the top of the board.
In the secondary, cornerbacks Ty Law and Patrick Surtain helped the Chiefs to a decent passing defense, but both starting corners will be older than thirty heading into next season and both have certainly lost a step. Depth and youth will need to be targeted at the position—a player to develop behind Law and Surtain would be of valuable use.
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