The Kansas City Chiefs may need a rangy, fast safety for the back of their defense. If you're asking Andy Reid's former co-worker, this is not a good draft class to be looking for a good value on safeties.
Eagles GM Howie Roseman was quoted Thursday saying this about the 2014 NFL Draft safety class (via Philly Mag): "In terms of the safety class, I don't think it's a good group overall. I think you're talking about a drop-off certainly when you get into Saturday."
I take this as the Chiefs better draft a safety early if they feel they have to have one. Kendrick Lewis left via free agency and the Chiefs re-signed Husain Abdullah while they also plan to have Sanders Commings back after the 2013 fifth round pick missed all of last season. It's possible the Chiefs are going into this season with Abdullah and Commings as the top safeties (behind that Eric Berry guy).
Safety has consistently been called the No. 2 or 3 need for the Chiefs. Fans voted in our poll and receiver has been ranked the top need followed by either safety or offensive line.
The top two safeties on everyone's board are Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor. From there, Northern Illinois' Jimmie Ward is brought up as a first round option. Clinton-Dix and Pryor are likely to be gone by the time the Chiefs pick. Nick Jacobs has the Packers taking Ward at No. 21 before the Chiefs pick in his mock draft so it's no guarantee he's there either.
If the Chiefs don't draft a safety in the first or third round (or somehow pick up a second) then it sure looks like Abdullah and Commings are going to be the two going at it this offseason. Not many potential free agent starters are signed in the summer (unless your name is Geoff Schwartz).