2023 NFL draft: 4 underrated needs for Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs GM Brett Veach has some work to do in the 2023 NFL draft to help beef up his team after their Super Bowl LVII run.

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If each of Isiah Pacheco, Skyy Moore and Kadarius Toney is going to be asked to take on bigger roles on offense in 2023, the Chiefs will likely dial back each of their roles on special teams. By season’s end, this trio was the team’s depth chart at the return specialist positions with Justin Watson playing the emergency role at punt and kick returner. Before you dismiss the importance of special teams, remember just how vital punt returns were in the AFC title game and Super Bowl LVII.

Some options that the Chiefs could seek to grab during the 2023 NFL draft include the following:

The running back position has become quite devalued over the years, not just in the eyes of teams, but also in the eyes of fans. Anytime you bring up the fact that a team might need a running back, you’re inviting critics. From a sheer numbers standpoint, the Chiefs need more running backs. They currently only have three under contract for the 2023 NFL season (and no fullback either). Isiah Pacheco can’t do it all on his own and investing in a compliment in the draft would be a smart move.

Some options that the Chiefs could seek to grab during the 2023 NFL draft include the following:

You might look at the Chiefs’ tight end room and wonder, “Do they really need to make an addition here?” The team is returning every player who spent time on the 53-man roster last season, plus a pair of talented practice squad players. In what is considered a historically deep tight end draft, it still might be wise to make an addition. Last season, for instance, the team dealt with injuries to both Blake Bell and Jody Fortson during the course of the year. Keep that depth fresh and replenished as you never know when an injury will strike.

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