I think that if the Chiefs do sign former Pittsburgh WR Emmanuel Sanders, that the Chiefs free agency will be over. Sanders was offered a one year tender from the Patriots for $2.5 million, that was later matched by the Steelers, coming off his best season yet totaling 44 receptions for 626 yards and one score. Last year, after Mike Wallace left for Miami, Sanders was pushed into the WR2 and did well in a Todd Haley run offense. He had yet another improved season, gathering 67 catches for 740 yards and six touchdowns. I'm expecting his salary to be bumped up to around $3-4 million per.
With this draft class being very deep, excluding free safeties, I think we have to go after our guy early. Although I would like to see us draft a versatile lineman like David Yankey or Xavier Su'a-Filo, or a balanced DE like Stephon Tuitt, I think we have to go with Jimmie Ward. The Chiefs free safety play has been horrible the last couple of seasons, and there's not much talent in free agency or beyond the first round. Jimmie Ward would be a great fit in Suttons single high safety defense, and would give us a great safety tandem for years to come.
Other than Dontari Poe, the Chiefs didn't have much pressure coming from their interior defensive linemen. Well look no further Chiefs, Dominique Easley can be dominant rushing the passer, and holds his own in the run game. He might not be able to come in and be an every down DE, but I believe that he could pair up with Allen Bailey until he's ready to take on the full role.
Jeff Allen is really our only guard who I feel comfortable starting on our roster. I think the Chiefs should look towards Brandon Thomas out of Clemson. He played both LT and LG, but I feel he could come in and hopefully beat out Linkenbach.
As for our 5th round pick, we don't have really any glaring issues. We could use help at WR, TE, and CB. I believe we look towards CBs Loucheiz Purifoy or Chris Davis. Purifoy is the better corner, but Davis is dynamic in the return game and I'd love to see what he could do with Dave Toub. Either one I would be happy with.
For our first 6th round pick, it didn't take much for me to lean towards TE Colt Lyerla. He's a very athletic, new age receiving tight end who can stretch the field and challenge Travis Kelce from day one.
And with our last pick of the draft I had to go with a sleeper QB. Keith Wenning out of Ball State will have a full year under Andy Reid to develop while they make a decision on Alex Smiths future. I think Wenning would be a steal here.
As for undrafted free agents go, we need to focus on RB and OLB depth. I'm not sure who we should look towards to back up Houston and Hali, but Oklahoma RB Damien Williams could challenge Cyrus Grey and Knile Davis for the RB2 slot once he fully recovers.
Either way, I feel very confident in Dorsey and Reid drafting whoever they want. We are a couple starters away from becoming a serious threat in the AFC, and that we will be a very competitive team next season.