Gary Horton from Scouts Inc. recently posted his AFC Draft Needs on ESPN. Here's what he had to say about the Chiefs (hardly rocket science) with a bit of commentary from yours truly in between to break up the obvious.
1. OT: Branden Albert is a solid player at left tackle, but if the Chiefs draft a top left tackle, they could move Albert to the right side and solidify two positions. All the other offensive tackles on this roster are just average guys and mostly depth players.
This is taking the safe route as most high-profile mock drafts have the Chiefs taking Russell Okung. And it's true that the Chiefs have decent-to-major needs on the offensive line, depending on who you ask around these parts. My heart still says linebacker is the most pressing issue on this team, but I have a hard time falling in love with a linebacker at #5, no matter if it's the son of Rickey Jackson.
2. S: The two starters, FS Jon McGraw (who should be a backup) and SS Mike Brown (smart, but has marginal speed and quicks) are not dynamic playmakers, and the backups are nondescript. Can the Chiefs find an athletic center-field type who can tackle in space and help in coverage?
With the fifth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Eric Berry, safety, University of Tennessee.
3. ILB: This organization likes to build on defense from the inside out, and because the Chiefs have a 3-4 scheme, they really need an inside run-stuffer who can stay on the field for all three downs. Their two current inside starters, Demorrio Williams and Corey Mays, make a lot of tackles but don't play with enough consistency, and the depth is thin.
Other needs: NT, WR, OLB
At least Scouts did their homework, because I would say these are all the primary needs for the Chiefs. But then again, it doesn't take much to see it. However, if the Chiefs leave the first two rounds addressing these main three spots, then I think the team will be that much better for it. At the same time, any three picks helps the Chiefs at this rate.