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Offensive line is Kansas City's chief concern

Scouts Inc. puts the Chiefs on the clock, breaking down their offseason moves and looking at what questions still need answers.

Originally Published: April 14, 2008
By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.

As the NFL draft approaches, "SportsCenter" is putting every NFL team with a first-round pick "On the Clock," and Scouts Inc. will break down each team and look at what questions still need answering.

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Kansas City's 2008 outlook is not pretty right now. The AFC West isn't daunting, but the Raiders have made progress on paper and the Chiefs look like the favorite to end next season in the basement. This team lost its last nine games last season and did little this offseason to improve. In fact, the Chiefs may have gone backward. Rebuilding this team is going to be extremely difficult, but at least the Chiefs have 10 selections in the draft. They will need to make every pick count.

Key Additions

The only additions of consequence by Kansas City were the signings of WR Devard Darling from Baltimore and OLB Demorrio Williams from the Falcons. The signing of Darling didn't get a lot of publicity, but it was a shrewd pickup. Darling is a good-sized receiver with the talent to succeed if given a chance to play. While asking him to be a true No. 2 is pushing it at this point, signing Darling could pay surprising dividends next season. Given the plethora of Chiefs offseason needs, the signing of Williams was curious, but he is a good run-and-hit linebacker with some natural playmaking ability.

The best move Kansas City made this offseason was franchising DE Jared Allen. He is an elite player, and the Chiefs simply could not afford to lose him. They need to lock up this ultradisruptive player long term. The Chiefs also extended Dustin Colquitt, keeping one of the top punters in the league off the market. This went unnoticed by many, but with the status of this franchise and head coach Herm Edwards' conservative nature, having a quality punter is a must for Kansas City.

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Todd McShay:Jake Long has to be priority No. 1 for the Chiefs, but don't expect them to reach for a different offensive tackle with this pick if Long is off the board. Dorsey is the type of impact defensive tackle the franchise has been missing for years. If Kansas City goes with Dorsey here, it can select an offensive tackle the caliber of USC's Sam Baker early in Round 2.
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Key Losses

TE Kris Wilson was signed by Philadelphia and even though he was a backup, he had value as a versatile member of this offense and on special teams. Wilson is replaceable but will be missed. Longtime starting center Casey Wiegmann is now in Denver, and the Chiefs also wisely released declining veterans CB Ty Law, WR Eddie Kennison, LB Kendrell Bell and OT John Welbourn to make room for younger talent.

Remaining Questions

There are plenty of questions surrounding this team going forward and it could be argued Kansas City must find as many as seven starters before opening day, which isn't going to happen. The entire offensive line must be rebuilt, so getting younger at this key position makes a lot of sense. The Chiefs also must find one more wide receiver to complement Dwayne Bowe and they have serious questions at quarterback. The Chiefs' defense is in much better shape, but cornerback is also a mess right now.

They have the fifth overall pick and Kansas City could go in a variety of ways. If there isn't an offensive lineman worth taking, the Chiefs could select a top-notch defensive prospect such as LSU DT Glenn Dorsey or USC DT Sedrick Ellis. But don't rule out Kansas City also strongly considering Boston College QB Matt Ryan.

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