It is clear that the Chiefs needs, though not in this particular order, are found at: QB, NT, OL, RB, ILB
The beauty of the Chiefs having needs is that they are a young team with a whole lot of cap space. We don't have too many guys to re-sign or worry about for paying up for big time contracts, especially with that beautiful FT just sitting there. With so much cap space on top of a young and talented team, we have the flexibility to do whatever we want in the draft, or take free agency to the woodshed. In my dream scenario we could do both.
Personally, I think it is perfectly viable to "sell the farm" so to speak in getting a franchise quarterback in the draft. Getting rid of this years and next years' first round picks, along with some later rounds would not be an issue, because with so much cap space we can afford to go out and sign a top-notch players to plug in where we need them. Inevitably, I take this stance as a staunch RGIII supporter. The guy has it. He is accurate, can move in the pocket, has an amazingly quick release, and is very intelligent, on top of the fact that he's a winner.
Though all of the need positions are addressable in the draft with solid talent available, FA can take us a long way.
For RB's, Michael Bush and several other 230+ pounders will be there for the taking, and I feel that we could get one fairly cheap in FA
NT could be addressed with Paul Soliai, and Abrayou Franklin is also going to be back on the market.
At LB, Barrett Ruud would be a solid pick to add veteran depth and tackling ability.
With a year under Crennell working on the defense (if he stays), and a full offseason, this team could be a juggernaut that still has 7 mil in cap space come next September.
I have issues with discussing these things so early, but how can we help it? It is fun and exciting to imagine the draft and FA falling into place perfectly. There are many scenarios to play out that will determine our fate. Can we win this week? What happens if St. Louis gets the #1? What the hell are the Browns and Jags going to do with their picks? What are we going to do with our QB's? Will Carr get resigned? Will Bowe get the FT? Too much to think about. I guess that's one good thing about the long offseason.