We're at the halfway point of the 2014 NFL season so let's stop and evaluate the Chiefs top needs as we enter the second half of the season. The Godfather Gil Brandt listed his top needs for every NFL team -- by current draft order, where the Chiefs are picking 16th -- and for the Chiefs he says it's wide receiver, offensive tackle and cornerback. I could make an argument for an offensive guard but this is a good list.
1. Wide receiver
This is the one position most people would put up top. The stat about the Chiefs being the only team without a receiver catching a touchdown stands out. Donnie Avery has been hurt so this weakness has been magnified. The Chiefs are surviving without a top receiver but, yeah, this is the top need.
2. Offensive tackle
This should be a strength, given the 2013 No. 1 pick and all. The Donald Stephenson suspension really changed things up quite a bit, too. Some people would have called Stephenson the Chiefs best lineman during training camp but he has yet to come back to his starting role after his four-game suspension to start the season. Just an odd situation.
I am on board with this as a top need. The Chiefs have Sean Smith and then a group of players who you're hoping can turn into something from Marcus Cooper to Jamell Fleming to Ron Parker (when he's not at safety, where he seems to be playing better). The Chiefs play against great quarterbacks every season. They need a top cornerback to consistently compete and complement their pass rush.