NFL Draft order 2014: KC Chiefs can address these needs with the 23rd pick

Rob Carr

With the Kansas City Chiefs getting bounced from the 2014 NFL playoffs, we now know where they will be picking in the 2014 NFL Draft in May.

The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to have the 23rd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, which will be held on May 8-10 this year. The Chiefs lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card round so their season is over, meaning they are now locked into the draft order.

The Cincinnati Bengals, who also finished 11-5 this season, are picking 24th due to their strength of schedule. The remaining playoff teams will be ranked as they finish the season. The Colts, by the way, do not have a first round pick thanks to the Trent Richardson trade. That pick goes to the Cleveland Browns.

So the offseason is here for the Chiefs. The NFL Draft will become a bigger topic of conversation after we A.) get over the loss to the Colts (not happening) and B.) the playoffs end, which will be after the Super Bowl in February.

A few of the offseason questions that must be answered, perhaps in the draft:

Receiver: Lots going on here. It may not be as simple as just drafting a first round WR. Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery are under contract. Dexter McCluster is not. Travis Kelce will also be coming back from IR.

Safety: Front-end and depth. Kendrick Lewis has become the target of a lot of fans. Are Quintin Demps and Husain Abdullah good enough? Do the Chiefs need more competition? Andy Reid likes his defensive backs.

Cornerback: I feel like I need to put this here because the Chiefs were burned on the pass late in the season. But they have Brandon Flowers and Sean Smith under contract. Dunta Robinson is, too, and so is Marcus Cooper. Who knows what happens with them. I'm not sure you spend a high draft pick on a corner.

Offensive line: Do the Chiefs keep Branden Albert? Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah are free agents. Eric Fisher and Donald Stephenson are under contract.

Defensive line: Tyson Jackson is a free agent. Will he come back or be replaced?

There will undoubtedly be surprise roster moves that create holes or plug holes. Someone we don't expect is going to get cut. As Andy Reid said on Sunday, "No team stays the same, players or coaches."

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