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Mel Kiper's 2014 NFL mock draft has Chiefs taking receiver, safety

The ESPN analyst drafts for need for the Chiefs in his latest three-round mock.

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In case you missed the latest mock from ESPN's Mel Kiper in recent days, the NFL draftnik recently put out a new three-round mock that comprises what he believes would give an "A" grade for each team.

When it comes to the Kansas City Chiefs, there are two primary needs that most fans and analysts agree upon: wide receiver and free safety. Kiper has the Chiefs addressing both with their first two selections in the first and third rounds respectively.

Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is Kiper's first pick for the Chiefs at No. 23 overall. Then, due to the trade for Alex Smith, the Chiefs must wait until No. 87 overall for another selection, a third round choice that eventually turns into Washington State safety Deone Bucannon. Kiper explains his rationale below:

I know Andy Reid believes A.J. Jenkins can play a bigger role in this offense in 2014 and provide some depth, but it's hard to pass on the chance to let Reid develop a talent like Benjamin, a huge target. If either Pryor of Clinton-Dix somehow fell to this point, I'd have looked hard at safety, but Bucannon is available in Round 3. If it was Reid and John Dorsey making the pick, I wouldn't put a QB out of the question with that pick in Round 3 -- Reid has taken QBs as commodities before -- but I got to handle this one.

Benjamin is one of four wide receivers often floated with the Chiefs first-round choice but Bucannon is largely a new name for Chiefs fans. That's not surprising since third round safeties aren't exactly common topics of conversation. He was a first-team All-American, but projects him as a fourth or fifth rounder. CBS, meanwhile, believes that Bucannon will struggle in a starting role at the next level.

We can argue about the players picked but I believe many would be happy if the Chiefs walked away with a receiver and a safety with their first two picks.

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