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Chiefs use free agency to fill holes, open up options for the 2015 NFL Draft

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John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Does anyone know who the Kansas City Chiefs will pick in the 2015 NFL Draft? I sure as hell heck don't.

The Chiefs used the first week of free agency to fill immediate holes. There's the receiver position with the addition of Jeremy Maclin, the guard position with the trade for Ben Grubbs and free agent signing of Paul Fanaika and then there's safety with the addition of Tyvon Branch and re-addition of Ron Parker.

Receiver and offensive line were arguably the Chiefs two biggest needs entering the offseason. Those two remain needs heading into the rest of the offseason and the 2015 NFL Draft at the end of April but they are no longer such a major need that the Chiefs have to force fit something early in the draft. The Chiefs can easily draft a linebacker or cornerback in the first round and come back around to address receiver and o-line in the second or third rounds. I could make a reasonable argument for the Chiefs drafting almost every position in the first round.

Depth will be needed down the road. There will undoubtedly be players we have penciled in as starters who end up getting hurt and missed some or all of the season. That's where the Chiefs need to be able to respond with strong backups and young draft picks ready to roll.

The Chiefs will have up to 10 picks to work with. That's why this is such an important draft for the team. They need to hit on several of those 10 draft picks and turn those into starters. It's better to find the next Jeremy Maclin in the draft where you pay a few million bucks a year rather than finding the next Jeremy Maclin in free agency and paying $11 million per year.