After a small sample size of just one year, I would, at times, consider the Chiefs as conservative in the many phases of the player acquisition process. Going for the sure thing versus a gamble is the way I perceive GM Scott Pioli.
That said, Arrelious Benn out of Illinois is being called one of the safest receivers in the draft, according to Wes Bunting of National Football Post.
And if I had to choose which rookie receiver would have the biggest impact next season, my money would be on Benn because of his ability to separate for himself underneath and create after the catch.
Benn is projected by many to be a late first round pick so if the Chiefs were interested, he'd likely have to fall to the top of the second round.
What's also interesting is that a lot of folks are also calling Anquan Boldin his NFL equivalent.
Boldin is a tough, physical receiver who has played through plenty of injuries (and we know how the Chiefs regime feels about injuries). Likewise Benn is a stout receiver, which he demonstrated with 20 reps on the 225 pound bench press at the NFL Combine.
Chiefs head coach Todd Haley had a lot of success with Boldin in Arizona so that comparison raises my eyebrows a little.
Benn is shorter (6'1") but strong (220 pounds). He's not known for his speed but increased his forty yard dash from 4.48 at the NFL Combine to 4.36 at his pro day.