For three consecutive 2015 NFL mock drafts, SB Nation's Dan Kadar has the Kansas City Chiefs selecting a receiver, specifically Arizona State's Jaelen Strong. His reasoning is sound -- the Chiefs were not good at receiver last year and they don't have much in the way of the future either. His argument is basically cutting Dwayne Bowe and adding a first round target such as Strong.
Here's what Dan says about the Chiefs 18th pick:
If the Chiefs cut Dwayne Bowe because of his large salary number the next three seasons, wide receiver becomes a big need. Bowe may not have had a touchdown this season, but he still accounted for 96 targets. A player like Strong can do many of the same things as Bowe, and would obviously be much cheaper.
The reason I sort of disagree with a receiver in the first is because think it's more important to get that top receiver in free agency. I want the Chiefs to sign a veteran (Jeremy Maclin, Randall Cobb) in free agency because those players will be ready to play from day one. Rookie receivers can take some time to get going and the Chiefs can't really afford to wait if that rookie is going to be their No. 1 receiver.
So I like the idea of going receiver -- this 6-round Chiefs mock draft went receiver in each of the first two rounds -- but I'm leaning towards picking a receiver in the second or third round because I'm hoping the Chiefs already have their No. 1 guy on the roster by the time the draft gets here.
We ran a poll last week where wide receiver was chosen as the biggest need followed by tackle and guard. I could certainly see an offensive lineman being the pick for the Chiefs. I'm not sure what the value will be on a tackle or guard at the 18th pick -- seems you can get good guards in later rounds, too -- but the Chiefs offensive line play this year opened up the possibility of them using a first round pick there.