It's not always the best strategy to look at the Chiefs' positional needs when trying to figure what they might do in the draft. Since John Dorsey arrived as general manager in 2013 and ran his first draft in Kansas City, the Chiefs drafted a left tackle No. 1 overall (Eric Fisher) when they already had a Pro Bowl left tackle, a pass-rushing outside linebacker (Dee Ford) in the first round when they had two Pro Bowl pass-rushing outside linebackers and a cornerback (Marcus Peters) in the first round when they seemed set at the position.
But let's take a look at where they stand at the offensive positions and their likelihood of drafting a player at those spots as the combine gets ready to begin, keeping in mind this could change depending on what the Chiefs do in free agency.
The Chiefs won 11 straight games without Charles last season, so general manager John Dorsey should have at least given the idea some thought.
But to merely say that the Chiefs won 11 straight games last season without the injured Charles misses a bigger point: How much better would they have been with him in their lineup? We'll never know, but it's a stretch to suggest they would be as good with some combination of Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware and Knile Davis as with Charles.
One NFL combine star from all 32 teams from ESPN
Nose tackle Dontari Poe not only moved himself into the first round with a strong combine performance in 2012 but also went all the way to No. 11, with which he was picked by the Chiefs. Poe ran a 4.98 40-yard dash, which is a remarkable time for a 346-pound player. He also did a combine-best 44 reps on the bench press. -- Adam Teicher
NFL rumors roundup from ESPN
NFL Media's Rand Getlin reports "no significant progress has been made" on a new contract for Berry, who returned from a battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma to be voted first-team All-Pro this season. Coming off an excellent season at age 27, Berry is hitting the market at the right time, so perhaps his asking price is higher than the team would prefer at the moment. The Chiefs could ensure Berry sticks around by slapping him with the franchise tag, but the resulting cap hold (likely over $10 million) could limit the team's ability to re-sign other free-agent defenders like Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Sean Smith, Jaye Howard and Mike DeVito.
This is the one player your favorite NFL team has to cut from SB Nation
Kansas City Chiefs - Knile Davis
There are a lot of players in Kansas City who deserve new contracts and the Chiefs don't have many ways to clear space. The team is going to need as much cap room as possible to give new deals to players like Eric Berry, Derrick Johnson and Sean Smith.
Releasing Davis would save the Chiefs only $700,000 for the 2016 season, but it's a move that makes sense after Charcandrick West stepped up as a solid alternative to Jamaal Charles. Davis was a third-round pick in 2013, but racked up only 72 rushing yards in 14 games in 2015, which is as solid of a sign as any that his time in Kansas City is through.
NFL: Why the Chiefs Will Make the Playoffs Next Year from Cheat Sheet
What made their 2015 success even more impressive is the fact that the Chiefs lost Jamaal Charles after just 71 carries last season. While Charles rolled right along with 364 yards and four touchdowns, he was replaced by a duo of Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware, who both stepped up to fill the void left by an injured Charles. The Chiefs are the real deal, and there's definitely an argument to be made as to why they'll make the playoffs next year once again. And don't be surprised to see this Kansas City team get the job done and actually take the division crown away from the Denver Broncos.
State prospects hope to make impact at NFL combine from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Last season, Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley was the combine star. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds, which was tied for third best among receivers. He had a 45-inch vertical, which was three inches better than any other receiver. His broad jump of 11-feet, 7-inches was better than the rest of the receivers by seven inches. Both the vertical jump and the broad jump were combine records for a wide receiver.
Conley went from a projected late-round pick to getting selected in the third-round by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Big Ten's top NFL Combine performers from the last 10 years from FOX Sports
Top Big Ten vertical jump: Donald Washington
A cornerback from Ohio State, Washington wowed observers with a 45-inch vertical at the Combine in 2009.
That was not only the best mark that year but tied for the top jump in the past 10.
It was No. 1 alone until Georgia receiver Chris Conley matched it at last year's Combine.
Cowlishaw: Now that the Mavericks have David Lee, what new blood can the Rangers, Cowboys and Stars draw in?from The Dallas Morning News
For a change, the Cowboys are free to spend some money. But the top pass rushers will be too expensive -- don't waste much time thinking about Denver's Von Miller -- and I think the club is more likely to hit that position high in the draft. Cornerbacks come at a cost, too, but they are more affordable, and the Cowboys need at least one (two if they part ways with Brandon Carr).
Kansas City's Sean Smith may be the featured prize, but Dallas' last experience going after the Chiefs' best corner turned out to be something less than a bargain. That's a nice way of saying Carr hasn't intercepted a pass since 2013.
Key offseason decisions facing every AFC team in 2016 from USA Today
Kansas City Chiefs: Re-upping S
Eric Berryshould be atop the checklist. But it's probably time to say goodbye to longtime LBs Tamba Haliand Derrick Johnson" culang="en">Derrick Johnson (and likely CB Sean Smith) in order to bolster the offense.
The history of the NFL Draft is one before and one after 1983 from Univision [translated (poorly) from the original Spanish]
John Elway was the number one choice, moved to Denver, champion 2 times Super Bowl Hall of Fame; selecting 14 Jim Kelly who was thought better and ended up playing in Buffalo where he led the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl, never won; 27 selection was Dan Marino Miami, he broke all records as a passer until Brett Favre and Peyton Manning appeared; list 7 was Todd Blackledge for Kansas City Chiefs, Blackledge was the second quarterback chosen in the 1st. Ronda, that is, the Chiefs could elect Kelly and Marino but did not...