As the Chiefs prepare to make the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft for the first time in franchise history, we’re making our own draft board. Each week leading up to the April 25 draft, The Star will rank the top 10 prospects at key positions of need for the Chiefs. Not all are worthy of the No. 1 pick — the Chiefs may decide to trade down — but all are worth keeping an eye on before the draft starts April 25.
1. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama. The Chiefs need a cornerback to pair with Brandon Flowers, and Milliner is the best one available.
2. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah. Fans might be weary of the Chiefs drafting at this position, but they will need some help here, particularly if Glenn Dorsey departs as a free agent.
3. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas. The Chiefs need to draft Wilson or any player they believe can become a franchise quarterback.
4. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M. He makes sense only if Branden Albert leaves as a free agent.
5. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia. The Chiefs are loaded at his position, but top pass rushers are difficult to pass up.
6. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee. He’s not worth the top pick, but the playoffs were more proof the Chiefs need plenty of help at wide receiver.
7. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. The Chiefs have to solve their quarterback problem one way or another.
8. Damontre Moore, OLB, Texas A&M. He’s probably better off as an end in the 4-3 defense, but can play outside linebacker in the 3-4 and is a strong pass rusher.
9. Chance Warmack, G, Alabama. It doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Chiefs to take a guard with the top pick, but Warmack isn’t just any guard.
10. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson. Like Patterson, the Chiefs would be reaching to get him. But he’s another top receiving prospect.