The Kansas City Chiefs, probably smarting from the departure of Jared Allen (be sure to vote in our wibw.com poll) are laying plans to fill the holes in their offense and defense. They have a whopping 13 picks to test Carl Petersen and Herm Edwards abilities to score some young winners.
The Kansas City Star's article, "Picking a Path to Prosperity," outlines that strategy for the Chiefs, one of only two teams who have the opportunity this weekend to make two first-round selections. They also have six of the opening 82 picks. Their outline of a smart strategy also includes two area players:
First round, 5th pick.. Boise State offensive tackle Ryan Clady.
"The Chiefs have no more pressing need than to fill Jared Allen's considerable hole at defensive end."
First round, 17th pick.. Florida defensive end Derrick Harvey.
"Harvey could play bigger without losing any of his quickness."
Second round, 35th pick.. Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib.
"The Chiefs not only must draft a cornerback early, but they must take one capable of taking the departed Ty Law's starting spot as well."
Third round, 66th pick.. Tennessee quarterback Eric Ainge.
"The Chiefs would like a safety net at quarterback in case Brodie Croyle fails. After filling the most pressing of needs, it's time to get one."
Third round.. 73rd pick.. Jordy Nelson of Kansas State.
"Jordy Nelson isn't very fast, but the Chiefs signed Devard Darling to be their speed receiver. Nelson has the size Herm Edwards is looking for at receiver. He could also step in as the kickoff and punt returner."
(Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star)