KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
2010 record: 10-6, first place AFC West
2011 draft rundown
Seven total picks (round): 21 (1), 55 (2), 86 (3), 118 (4), 135 (5), 140 (5), 199 (6), 223 (7)
Center/Guard: The Chiefs cannot rely on aging Casey Wiegmann and adequate Rudy Niswanger again this year in the middle, and veteran left guard Brian Water is aging.
Offensive Tackle: Starting right tackle Ryan O'Callaghan is an impending free agent, Barry Richardson isn't starter-quality, and there are always questions about where former first round pick Branden Albert fits best (left tackle, right tackle, guard).
Nose Tackle: It's an important position in the Chiefs' 3-4, and they can upgrade the solid-if-unspectacular Ron Edwards/Shaun Smith combination--both of whom may not return in 2011.
Wide Receiver: Adding another outside playmaker with Dwayne Bowe would make quarterback Matt Cassel's life (as well as Bowe's) a lot easier.
Outside Linebacker: The team placed the franchise tag on Tamba Hali, but depth is always crucial at this position in a 3-4.
First round focus
--Head coach Todd Haley wants to run the ball with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, so finding offensive line talent is crucial. General Manager Scott Pioli would "pounce" on Florida center/guard prospect Mike Pouncey if he were available, but will settle for a strong offensive tackle. Pioli may also try to find a linebacker to play across from Tamba Hali if the value is there. A potential nose tackle could be on the radar at 21, though teams don't typically pick run-stuffers that high in the first round. A surprise pick may be a receiver capable of giving quarterback Matt Cassell another downfield target so teams cannot fully focus on Dwayne Bowe.
Five names on the Chiefs' board
OG/C Mike Pouncey, Florida
OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
DT Phil Taylor, Baylor
LB Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
WR Torrey Smith, Maryland
--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter