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2014 NFL mock draft roundup: KC Chiefs linked to bevy of receivers

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Kansas City might have holes on both sides of the ball, but the experts apparently only see one glaring problem.

The 2014 NFL Draft is about a month and a half away, and with much of free agency behind us we have a better idea of which direction some teams might be going in.

For the Kansas City Chiefs, some answers have been provided. General manager John Dorsey filled the hole at defensive end with Vance Walker, but still have potential holes at guard, receiver and free safety. Dorsey might see players already on the roster as answers in one or two of those positions, but they remain obvious needs as we hurtle towards May.

Let's catch up with some of the draft experts and see who they have Kansas City taking in their latest mock drafts.

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Besides Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs are lacking for impact targets in the passing game downfield. Lee is explosive down the field and if he stays healthy, he'll provide a productive option for Alex Smith opposite Dwayne Bowe.

CBS Sports' Rob Rang: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

In guiding the Chiefs to an 11-5 record and a return to the playoffs, quarterback Alex Smith proved worthy of the trade to acquire him from the 49ers. He's a classic game-manager, however, who needs complementary playmakers around him to be at his best. Beckham is a dynamic athlete capable of providing the big plays necessary for the Chiefs to take the next step.

CBS Sports' Pat Kirwan: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

The Chiefs lost three good pieces off their offensive line and could look at down linemen, but they also need a wide receiver and Beckham is a high character guy with talent.

CBS Sports' Will Brinson: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

The Chiefs need a receiver who can step in and make an impact immediately and Lee's smart route running and impressive hands should help Alex Smith.

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Kansas City doesn't have to overthink this one. The offense needs more passing game weapons for Alex Smith to feed besides receiver Dwayne Bowe. Lee is sitting there with the pedigree and track record of a potential top-10 pick. If Lee is not the Chiefs' favorite flavor, there's Oregon State's little dynamo Brandin Cooks or Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin from which to choose.

NFL.com's Charles Davis: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

Kansas City needs help keeping the running lanes open for RB Jamaal Charles.

SB Nation's Dan Kadar: Calvin Pryor, SS, Louisville

The Chiefs clearly need offensive linemen after losing three starters in free agency. But a safety of Pryor's quality can't be ignored at this point in the draft. Pryor is known mostly for his literal knockout hits in the secondary, and by virtue his coverage ability has become underrated. Pryor is a do-everything safety who can set the tone in the secondary.