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NFL Draft Predictions for the Kansas City Chiefs in the First Round

Max Staley
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The Kansas City Chiefs were a few plays away from making a Super Bowl appearance last year, but they've lost some key players this offseason and have big holes to fill if they want to get back into that position. Dee Ford was traded to the San Francisco 49ers and the Chiefs cut Justin Houston, who went on to sign with the Indianapolis Colts. Eric Berry is also out after being released.

Thankfully, this NFL Draft is remarkably deep in the front seven, so the Chiefs are well positioned to address their needs this offseason. With a star like Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, improving the defense could go a long way. So let's take a look at who the Chiefs might draft with pick No. 29.

3. Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

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Given that the Chiefs' primary need is a reliable edge rusher, Kansas City could hope someone like Brian Burns falls to it at pick No. 29. Burns projects as an explosive athlete, though he's not exactly a polished pass rusher. Burns tallied 10.0 sacks in the 2018-19 season, and if he's available, his speed (4.53 40-yard dash) could give Kansas City a huge boost on the edge. The Florida State product could go earlier, like to the New York Giants at No. 17, but he'd be a great pick if he falls.

2. DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

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Kansas City also needs help at cornerback after losing Steven Nelson in free agency and cutting Berry. Considering the Chiefs surrendered 272.3 passing yards per game last season, which was the second-most total in the NFL, addressing the secondary is a must. Georgia's DeAndre Baker projects as an NFL-ready player, and he could make an impact from day one if he's available. The Chiefs signed Tyrann Mathieu this offseason, so they're already making strides in the secondary. Drafting Baker could help turn one of the Chiefs' biggest weaknesses into a strength next season.

1. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

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Alternatively, the Chiefs could also look into drafting Greedy Williams out of LSU. Like Baker, Greedy projects as a polished corner who could contribute right away. As his name suggests, Greedy is a ball-hawk who racked up eight interceptions over the past two seasons. Pairing Greedy with Mathieu could give the Chiefs an opportunistic secondary that specializes in creating turnovers. If the Chiefs' defense can find ways to give Mahomes even more possessions next season, they have a chance to finally knock off the New England Patriots.

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