No doubt this has been a highly discussed topic among us Arrowhead Pride followers. And it should be. We saw what happened when defenses tightened their coverages on Dwayne Bowe and forced Matt Cassel to look elsewhere. It was consistently not a pretty sight and it resulted in Cassel having to force too many throws into triple coverage. Our complement to Bowe was supposed to be Chris Chambers, but we found out exactly what the Chargers did when they released him in 2009. That Chambers lacks the determination and attitude to be a starting WR. There is little doubt in my mind that he has played his last season as a Kansas City Chief. Our high 2nd round pick in 2010, Dexter McCluster, is not particularly fit to be a #2 WR, but we know that already. Regardless, he will have a fine career as a slot receiver.
Let's assume that the Chiefs do not pick up a high profile WR in free agency this year. Although the WR class in free agency appears to be fairly strong, I don't see Pioli/Haley spending a lot of money on a top receiver. It's likely that we do bring somebody in, but I can see most Chiefs fans being let down in not hearing a big name. It's my belief, as is many others have, that the Chiefs will definitely use one of their top 3 picks on a WR in the 2011 NFL Draft. Based on where I think most will available, here's a breakdown of the WR's based on them being available at our picks. (Obviously I am going to eliminate A.J. Green and Julio Jones from this conversation since they will be long gone before our first selection). Some of these players, however, may not be available at the Chiefs selection. The Combine is this week and we will see some players draft stock rise and fall. Any of the available WR's that I have with a 1st round grade may (some will) go in the 2nd round, but it's highly unlikely they fall to our pick. So let's assume at this point, that this is a legit forecast of where each player will be drafted.
- Torrey Smith, Maryland (6-0, 202)
- Titus Young, Boise State (5-11, 175)
- Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh (6-5, 224)
- Leonard Hankerson, Miami (6-3, 205)
- Randall Cobb, Kentucky (5-11, 186)
- Tandon Doss, Indiana (6-3, 202)
- Jerrel Jernigan, Troy (5-9, 190)
- Austin Pettis, Boise State (6-3, 203)
- Vincent Brown, San Diego State (6-0, 195)
- Greg Little, North Carolina (6-3, 220)
So how about it, Arrowhead Pride?! Which WR would you choose based on their projected round?
My Vote: Tandon Doss in the 2nd round