Five Savvy Positions for Kansas City Chiefs Draft Picks: Fan Take

With several free agent pickups in the offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs can afford to be somewhat liberal in their 2012 NFL Draft picks. Kansas City has eight picks over seven rounds with two picks in the seventh round. Kansas City has the 11th overall pick in the draft and could use some help in several positions.

Here are some that might be needed either this year or soon.

Center

Casey Wiegmann will reportedly retire before the NFL Draft. Arrowhead Addict first reported that Wiegmann had been pondering retirement for a few years now and will make it official. Wiegmann hasn't missed a single snap since September 2001. Replacing him will be tough, but the Chiefs should probably get the best available center in the draft. ESPN reported the Chiefs signed tackle Eric Winston, but he plays tackle.

Kick Returner

The Chiefs haven't had a true kick returner since Tamarick Vanover and Dante Hall. One lacking aspect of the Chiefs' special teams is allowing kick returners to get field position for the offense. Since opening night of 2010 when Dexter McCluster broke a 94-yard punt return against the San Diego Chargers, there really hasn't been anything to speak of in terms of kick returning.

Punter

Dustin Colquitt is a decent kicker. However, the Chiefs could always use more help in the field position game. Having someone to compete for Colquitt's job might motivate someone to step into a prominent role as someone who can make a key difference in the game with their foot.

Quarterback

Adding one more quarterback to the mix is a good thing at this point. Kansas City signed Brady Quinn as a backup to Matt Cassel. But another quarterback is an insurance policy in case Cassel gets hurt. Plus a new QB will have two quarterbacks from whom to learn and not just one. Any quarterback picked in the draft by the Chiefs would be a project to learn the ropes of the NFL.

Wide Receiver

Dwayne Bowe is a great receiver. Jonathan Baldwin was drafted last year to help give Cassel another target. Bowe was a steady performer, he just didn't get as many touchdowns in 2011 as he did in 2010. Another member of the receiving corps can only bolster the Chiefs' offense now that the defense is still largely intact from last year save for Brandon Carr.

William Browning is a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs after latching on to the team during the lean years of St. Louis football. Born in the gateway city, he is also a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He currently resides in Branson, Mo.

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Updated Monday, Apr 2, 2012