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Four former Chiefs who would have resolved the Chiefs biggest needs

After their dream season last year ending up with a Super Bowl, the Chiefs will enter the draft 2020 in a few hours where they will look to address their top needs.

This time of the off season is always the time for all the lists of top players and all time fantasy drafts so let’s do one of our own!

Which former Chiefs player would be perfect to solve the few issues the Kansas City Chiefs have before next season?

Linebacker position: Derrick Thomas

That is an easy one. Derrick Thomas remains a legend in Kansas City because of the tragedy that struck him but he was also a monster of a LB. The LB position could use an arrival of talent. Anthony Hitchens played well last season but with Reggie Ragland gone to the Lions, the Chiefs need more players to stop the run and not collapse during key games.

Derrick Thomas was among the future NFL stars selected early in the 1989 NFL draft. Taken right after Barry Sanders, at No. 4, the Kansas City Chiefs took Thomas, a LB from Alabama. He didn’t disappoint at all.

Thomas was selected to the Pro Bowl in his first year with the Chiefs and then the next eight years as well.

Very quick for his size, Thomas finished with 126.5 sacks in his career.

Cornerback position: Albert Lewis

The CB position is the obvious need for the Chiefs right now. It would be wise for them to select one early and select more than one. Fuller is gone to the Redskins, Breeland has been re-signed, but it would be great reinforcing the secondary anyway.

The Chiefs have found a tremendous amount of success in the third round over the years, selecting for example two-time All-Pro defensive back Albert Lewis.

Arrived at Kansas City in 1983, Albert Lewis was named as the Chiefs MVP for the 1986 season after he recorded 69 tackles, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries, one sack, and one blocked punt. During his time in Kansas City, the Chiefs made the playoffs five times.

Lewis was known for his excellent acceleration and speed running a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash. At 6′ 2″, he was usually one of the tallest CBs in the NFL. His strong determination and work-ethic made him one of the most admired players of the Chiefs organization.

Running Back: Jamaal Charles

The RB room is pretty crowded at the Chiefs, but their top running back, who could have easily won the Super Bowl MVP trophy, Damien Williams had a roller coaster season last year. Someone to back him up would be a great addition to the team. Although the Chiefs have had great RBs through the years, Jamaal Charles will remain one of the best contributors.

He ran for 5 or more yards-per-carry in his first eight seasons, with a high of 6.9 in 2011. But above all, he was super explosive and fun to watch.

Interior Offensive line position: Will Shields

It’s pretty clear that the Kansas City Chiefs have everything they need on the offensive side of the ball. However, the offensive line is very important to protect Patrick Mahomes. They’ve even got a solid pair of players, and RT Mitchell Schwartz is one of the best in football right now.

Their one weakness is the interior offensive line. One of the big reasons that the Chiefs struggled early in the Super Bowl was that the 49ers defensive line created quick pressure. The responsibility falls on the guard and center positions.

And objectively, one of the best guards that ever played for the Chiefs is Will Shields. Drafted in 1993 in the third round, he played guard with the Chiefs and his longevity showed during 223 straight games. He was actually one of the main reasons that Priest Holmes had such big holes to run through, and that’s not something to overlook.

The 2020 draft will begin in a few hours and we will see what choices the Chiefs organization and front office will make to face this new season and repeat another Super Bowl run.

Let’s hope for the best and wish that the 2020 drafted players will show their strengths and be a part of an “all time list” in 10 or 20 years.

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