17 Apr 2013 03:08 PM EST
-by Chris LaBarge, Contributing Writer; Image: Alex Smith is the QB of the present but must prove he is the long-term answer in KC (Image Source: AP Photo]
2012 Record: 2-14 | Offense Ranking: 24th | Defense Ranking: 20th
Positions of Need:
Safety: It’s hard to say a team with Eric Berry at safety needs help there but I’m not as sold as others are on Kendrick Lewis. Regardless of your feelings on either player, you cannot argue that the depth behind them is lacking. Jose Gumbs, Tysyn Hartman and the recently-signed Husain Abdullah can’t excite many observers in Kansas City.
UFA: Abram Elam
Inside Linebacker: Again, they have Derrick Johnson. How then can you list inside linebacker as a team need you might ask? Who is the other starter would be my response? Without looking. If you said Akeem Jordan or Corey Greenwood, then congrats. But you also looked, cheater. Besides, Johnsons turns 33 before the season ends, it’s time to add some fresh blood in the middle. Throw in Zac Diles, signed from Tennessee, at least they have some depth.
UFA: Brandon Siler
Right Tackle: Flat out, the team will miss Eric Winston. On a very good line, he was a rock on the right side. Donald Stephenson, a third-round pick last season, is the starter in Winston’s absence, but he was overmatched at times in 2012. If it were me, I’d be drafting whichever tackle you like better with the first pick and pair them with franchise player Brandon Albert to form a solid set of tackles. All signs point to this happening.
UFA: Eric Winston [Cut]
Quarterback: I know Andy Reid went out and got his guy by trading for Alex Smith from San Francisco, but color me skeptical. People remember the Alex Smith from the past two years with Jim Harbaugh. He threw 30 TDs and only 10 picks in those two seasons and led his team to the NFC Championship game in 2011. Prior to that, he threw 51 TDs and 53 INTs in his first six seasons. I’m just not buying that Smith’s game-manager style will mesh with Reid’s throw-first mentality. Former Saint Chase Daniels is the backup plan for now and unless you’re a believer in Ricky Stanzi the QB of the future is not on the roster.
UFA: Matt Cassel [Cut/Minnesota Vikings], Brady Quinn [Seattle Seahawks]