While the 2023 season is far from over, the Kansas City Chiefs appear to already be thinking of what they could do in the offseason to improve the roster around Patrick Mahomes.
Kansas City’s wide receiving corps is one of the areas that could really use some boost moving forward, and that’s something the Chiefs could look to address in the 2024 NFL Draft, per Dianna Russini of The Athletic.
As Russini noted, the Chiefs were unable to upgrade their WR group due to various issues, including the lack of younger free agent wideouts in the market. Not to mention that they had spent a lot of money in restructuring Mahomes’ contract so that he can earn $40 million in each of the next four years.
While they did try to trade up in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, there was no team who was willing to partner up with them to make it happen.
Russini added, “They did find value by trading up in the second round and taking Rashee Rice, who trails only Puka Nacua and Sam LaPorta in receptions among rookies and has seven touchdowns and 754 yards. Look for the Chiefs to try to draft a top receiver this April.”
It remains to be seen if the Kansas City Chiefs will try to move up in the 2024 NFL Draft to acquire a top wideout, though there are certainly a number of intriguing prospects they could target.
Ohio State Buckeyes wideout Marvin Harrison Jr. is certainly someone who could be a gamechanger for any team, as well as LSU’s Malik Nabers and Washington’s Rome Odunze.
If the Chiefs are able to move up and get a top wideout, it will surely be massive in their Super Bowl dreams moving forward.
Kansas City Chiefs’ WR Problems
As mentioned, the Kansas City Chiefs’ wide receiving corps could really use some help. Rashee Rice has been incredible, but Patrick Mahomes still often finds himself relying on Travis Kelce too much to make plays and get something to happen.
Kelce leads the team in receiving yards with 924, followed by Rice who is at 754 yards. No other Chiefs wideout has accumulated more than 500 receiving yards.
One of the most prevalent issues among the receivers is the periodic drops that they commit. Kadarius Toney was widely criticized for a botched catch that led to an interception in Week 15 against the New England Patriots.
Mahomes was even asked about how the receivers can lessen the dropped passed, to which he replied that his teammates need more confidence.
Perhaps adding more competition to the wide receiving group should also help.
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