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How Chiefs Can Use 2024 NFL Draft to Defend Crown

The Kansas City Chiefs always seem to fly under the radar regarding NFL draft betting odds despite their sustained success. But any true Kansas City fan knows that the team’s front office always manages to find ways to reload for another title run.

As we look ahead to the 2024 season, expectations are sky-high again for Patrick Mahomes and company. After narrowly missing out on a third straight Super Bowl appearance, the Chiefs managed to come out on top and pull off a second Super Bowl title against the San Francisco 49ers. You best believe Head Coach Andy Reid and General Manager Brett Veach will be laser-focused on plugging any remaining holes through the 2024 NFL draft.

How Chiefs Can Use 2024 NFL Draft to Defend Crown
Kansas City Chiefs' head coach Andy Reid | TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

So, what moves should Chiefs fans expect from their team’s top decision-makers this offseason?

Keeping the Core Intact: KC’s Path to Back-to-Back Championships

Let me start by handing the Chiefs a gold star with what is probably the best move they could have made this offseason: keeping star defensive tackle Chris Jones instead of letting him walk in free agency, securing one of its most important defensive leaders.

So, with Jones still around, the only question marks left are star cornerback L’Jarius Sneed’s contract situation and the draft. But I’ll get to the draft in a second. For now, let’s talk about Sneed.

Let me be completely honest here. The Chiefs can’t afford to play hard to get with Sneed. They need him manning the secondary, no matter what. In the simplest of terms, losing Sneed would make the team take the quick road to sucking in pass coverage.

As NFL news sites have echoed, Sneed wants to stay. In a March 12 charity event, Sneed made his intentions clear by stating, “Hopefully, I’m still here. Hopefully, we can go back and repeat.” 

Those are the words of a man wanting to keep his job, get a well-deserved pay rise, and pursue another title.

Yes, the Chiefs have managed to remain largely untouched. They still have the best quarterback in the game, Mahomes, alongside the best tight end in the league, Travis Kelce. That gives them a substantial edge in NFL lines, but that doesn’t mean they can rest on their laurels and watch their best CB walk.

On offense, Mahomes hasn’t gotten any massive upgrades at receiver besides the signing of former Arizona Cardinals WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. While this signing has potential, the unpredictability factor alongside Brown’s weak finish last season leaves a massive question on whether this will indeed be the start of a facelift in KC’s receiver corps.

Even so, the Chiefs are still the best team because they’re not noticeably worse than last season. We’ve already seen they can win it all without a tremendous regular season.

Our Kansas City Chiefs 2024 Season Odds

  • Odds to Win Division: -200
  • Odds to Win Conference: +325
  • Odds to Win Super Bowl: +600

 

Chiefs’ Draft Priorities: Arming Mahomes or Shoring Up Defense?

The big question is whether they prioritize adding another elite weapon for Mahomes or not. They could finally nab that true alpha at wide receiver to complement the speed guys already on the roster. Or, they could go back to the defensive side and add some fresh legs and playmaking ability to that aging secondary, especially if Sneed walks.

Simply put, the Chiefs need to draft a wide receiver –or even two– with their first two picks in the draft. Mahomes needs somebody besides Rashee Rice to help, and “Hollywood” Brown won’t be enough.

Plus, let’s face it: Mecole Hardman and Richie James are nowhere close to being long-term solutions for this team. So why not start out fresh and give the league’s best passer a couple of new prospects to work with?

Regardless of their draft strategy, if you’re into betting on NFL action, you can wager your house that Kansas City will stick to its philosophy of taking the best player available, regardless of position. Veach’s staff does its homework well to find talented players who fit the Chiefs’ culture and can contribute immediately or develop behind the stars already in place.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a typical offseason without rampant Arrowhead trade rumors about moving up or down the board to snag a falling prospect. Whether it’s burning some of those extra draft picks to get their guy or recouping more capital, KC always has a plan.

So, while the rest of the football world scratches its head at the Chiefs’ draft moves, it might be best to just sit back and trust the process. Somehow, this team will be reloaded and ready to make another championship push by the time September rolls around.

Like with great BBQ, it’s a way of life in KC.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

What Are Kansas City's Main Positional Needs Heading Into The 2024 NFL Draft?


Besides adding more deep ball threats to its wide receiver corps, Kansas City needs to address its need for a strong, durable option at left tackle and add new prospects in the edge rusher and cornerback positions.

How Many Picks Do The Chiefs Have In The 2024 Draft?


The Chiefs have a total of seven picks in the 2024 NFL draft.

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