Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli left last weekend’s draft confident that the team had addressed several “musts.” With nine picks, five defensive and four offensive, the Chiefs attacked position needs across the board.
Reinforcements were added to the pass rush, along the interior offensive line and in the receiving game. Kansas City’s special teams unit got better as a whole and an investment was made to draft and develop a rookie quarterback.
So, what’s next?
Other than the waiting game that has become of the NFL’s labor unrest, free agency is next. Eventually.
“We still have a number of moves to make before we can fill an 80-man training camp roster,” Pioli said as he walked away following his post-draft press conference.
Last year, 13 veteran players who were either signed or re-signed in 2010 took the field for the Chiefs first summer practice in St. Joseph. Of those 13, seven went on to start games for the Chiefs in 2010 –
That’s just one part of free agency. College free agents make up another part of the pie.
The Chiefs went to training camp last season with 12 undrafted rookies. The year before that, 12 rookie free agents began Kansas City’s final training camp in River Falls, Wisconsin. Players like
Even though the draft addressed a number of needs, the Chiefs still have a long way to go in building a 2011 roster.
“We still need to keep getting better,” Pioli said. “We got knocked out of the first round of the playoffs so we have a ton of needs and we have a lot of needs to get better. Did we fill every need this draft? Absolutely not.”
The Chiefs still have several needs. Some of those needs are more pressing than others. Here are some of the positions the Chiefs might choose to address whenever free agency opens.
Both starters from 2010 –
Ryan O’Callaghan, who started 12 games at right tackle in 2009, is currently without a contract. He is scheduled to become restricted free agent under 2010 free agency rules. It’s unclear if the Chiefs plan to re-sign O’Callaghan.
Sixth-round draft pick
The Chiefs may opt to re-sign veteran starter
This time of year,
The Chiefs addressed wide receiver in the 2011 NFL Draft by selecting Pittsburgh’s
Under 2010 free agency guidelines, Terrance Cooper and
With Jones turning 33 years old in August, this might be a year that the Chiefs take a peek at several undrafted runners. A handful of veteran backs are expected to hit free agency as well.
Pass catchers are abound, but where’s that sixth offensive lineman? That big-bodied tight end that stays home, but can also slip out the back door as an emergency outlet? It’s difficult to recall a time when Kansas City didn’t have a towering tight end on its roster – Jason Dunn,
Under 2010 free agency rules, both Leonard Pope and Brad Cottam are slated to become restricted free agents. It’s conceivable, however, that both could be back.
What will the Chiefs decide to do with free agent to be