Readers Mock Draft: Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock

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Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL draft will be here before we know it.  Now that Free Agency has settled down, team needs have come into focus.  That could mean only one thing – it’s time for another mock draft!  But rather than us sitting back and throwing darts at the wall, we thought we’d let you join in the fun.  We’ll roll through the draft order and give each team choices based on team needs and the best players available and you’ll vote on the picks for each team. On with the countdown…

 23. Kansas City Chiefs 11-5

Before last season, the Chiefs were a talented but 2-14 team. Andy Reid who was fired by Philadelphia was brought in to right the ship. The Chiefs acquired QB Alex Smith from the 49ers, drafted their tackle of the future in Eric Fisher and Reid was able to take many of the other players on that 2-14 team and turned things around last year. The 2013 Chiefs came out of the gate on fire, winning their first nine games of the season. The Chiefs were a playoff team for the first time since 2010 with the 6th (tied) scoring offense in the league and the 5th (tied) in the league in scoring defense. They were 2 points from moving on in the playoffs. Then the off season hit. Their Pro Bowl LT Brandon Albert signed with the Dolphins and both of their starting Guards (G. Schwartz & J. Asamoah) left in Free Agency as well. The Chiefs have been fairly quiet in Free Agency which is understandable since they only have about 4.5 million in cap space. It is vital that this draft produces more than just one or two starters if the Chiefs want to stay competitive with the likes of Denver and San Diego.