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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Could Chiefs Reach For First Round Wide Receiver?

The latest rumors posted over at ESPN by AFC West writer Bill Williamson, the Chiefs could possibly look to address the severe drop off after Dwayne Bowe at the wide receiver position in the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft. Last season saw the Chiefs resign Chris Chambers in the hopes that he would provide a full season of what he brought in 2009. Unfortunately Chambers fell off and no other receiver stepped into the No. 2 role.

Rookie choice Dexter McCluster could be an answer at the slot position, but the Chiefs still lack another wideout to make defenses pay attention to the entire field. The Chiefs saw early in the playoffs how stacking the box and covering Bowe eliminated KC's ability to move the chains. With another strong option at receiver, the field would open wide for Matt Cassel and the ground game.

Williamson notes that the top two receivers are almost sure bets to be off the board at this time, with both Julio Jones and A.J. Green being highly rated as possible Top 10 choices. The Chiefs at No. 21 will struggle to grab either player unless they trade up, although he still writes, "I wouldn't be shocked if the Chiefs used a very high pick on a receiver. Kansas City is looking for a legitimate No. 2 receiver to pair with Dwayne Bowe."

Whether that very high pick is first or second round remains to be seen, but Tim Kavanagh lists players like Torrey Smith, Leonard Hankerson, Randall Cobb and Jonathan Baldwin who could all be under consideration.