Chiefs Draft Needs/No. 2 – Wide Receiver

This is the second in a series of posts detailing the areas of need on the Chiefs roster going into the 2013 NFL Draft. Others will follow leading up to the draft. They will appear in order of importance for the Chiefs to add to their roster. Thus, wide receiver remains one of the biggest holes that Andy Reid and John Dorsey have right now after offensive tackle.

The Chiefs have spent a lot of money at the wide receiver position in the last few months. There was the big 5-year, $56 million deal to Dwayne Bowe and the 3-year, $ million contract for unrestricted free agent Donnie Avery. Along with street free agents Marty Gilyard and Tyler Shoemaker, that’s another $1.4 million to the wide outs.

Reid and Dorsey need to do more, and they need to do more in the 2013 NFL Draft. There are 11 receivers on the roster as of now, but only two have proven to be winning players in the league – Bowe and Avery. Jon Baldwin and Dexter McCluster have between them not established their credentials as a bona-fide producer at the position. If one or both steps forward in the 2013 season, then the position does not require attention. But before the draft, the Chiefs do not know this, so they must move forward with the idea of adding a good player at the position.

The picture at wide receiver for the Chiefs

  • Wide receivers currently on the roster (11): Donnie Avery, Jon Baldwin, Josh Bellamy, Dwayne Bowe, Terrance Copper, Mardy Gilyard, Junior Hemingway, Dexter McCluster, Jamar Newsome, Tyler Shoemaker, Devon Wylie.
  • Experience-Games/Starts: Avery (6yr-55/43), Baldwin (2yr-26/10), Bellamy (R-3/0), Bowe (6-88/82), Copper (9-125/12), Gilyard (2-19/2), Hemingway (R-1/0), McCluster (3-43/17), Newsome (1yr-8/2), Shoemaker (1yr-0/0), Wylie (R-6/1). Total games/starts: 374/169.
  • Age: Avery (29 in June), Baldwin (24 in August), Bellamy (24 in May), Bowe (29 in September), Copper (already 31), Gilyard (27 in December), Hemingway (25 in December), McCluster (25 in August), Newsome (26 in November), Shoemaker (25 in September), Wylie (25 in September). Average age in 2013 season: 26.4 years.
  • Contract status: Avery (first of 3 years, $750K, $1m roster bonus, $150K workout bonus in ’13), Jon Baldwin (2 years left; $1,061,510 and $130K workout bonus in ’13), Bellamy (1-year, $480K), Bowe (first of 5 years, $15m signing bonus, $750K and $250K workout bonus in ’13), Copper (1-year, $840K and $25K in workout bonus in ’13), Gilyard (1-year, $555K), Hemingway (second of 3 years, $480K in ’13), McCluster (last of 4 years, $630K and $210K workout bonus in ’13), Newsome (1-year, $870K), Shoemaker (1-year, $405K), Wylie (second of 4 years, $480K).
  • 2012 starts at WR (32): Bowe (12), Baldwin (7), McCluster (6), Steve Breaston (4), Newsome (2), Wylie (1).

Here are the projections for a wide receiver that the Chiefs could draft in each of the seven rounds. The players were placed in the round where most of the league evaluators have graded that player. There is a listed selection for the second round, even though the Chiefs do not currently have a pick in that round; never know when a trade may come down.

Round

Name School HT WT Note

1

Cordarrelle Patterson Tennessee 6-2 216 Juco AA at Hutch; speed and moves; big-play maker

2

Terrence
Williams
Baylor 6-2 208 A 3-year starter he averaged just under a TD catch per game the last 2 seasons

3

Marquise
Goodwin
Texas 5-9 183 Olympic long jumper is also a football player; a Jamaal Charles mini-me.

4

Ryan
Swope
Texas A&M 6-0 205 Tough, aggressive catcher with speed; he was clocked at 4.34 at the Combine.

5

Chris
Harper
Kansas State 6-2 229 Big body receiver that does a good job of going up and getting the ball.

6

Aaron
Mellette
Elon 6-3 217 Small school, big receiver; in 44 games he had 304 for 4,254 yards, 44 TDs.

7

Ace
Sanders
South Carolina 5-7 173 Tiny young man with big talents; not fast, but lightning quick.

One Response to “Chiefs Draft Needs/No. 2 – Wide Receiver”

  • April 22, 2013  - ChiefsZed says:

    I agree that the Chiefs must draft a WR, preferably in round 2 or 3. There’s a lot of talent and depth in this group and the team can be sure of drafting a good prospect at any point in the top 100 picks.

    My WR wish list is as follows:
    1. Patterson
    2. De’Andre Hopkins or Keenan Allen
    3. Markus Wheaton, Ryan Swope, Da’Rick Rogers
    4. Marquess Wilson
    5. Chris Harper, Aaron Dobson
    6. Denard Robinson (return specialist)
    7/FA. Mark Harrison, Perez Ashford, Kenbrell Thompkins




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