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Best bets for position Chiefs take with their first pick of 2021 NFL Draft

We break down the odds for what position the Chiefs will draft in the first round

Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs already have their first round pick, as they traded it away for Ravens offensive lineman Orlando Brown. That leaves their first pick in the second round at 58th overall. Predicting what position that will be is tougher than if they still had their first rounder in tow. But we’re going to give it a go!

Check out the odds and info provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Odds

Exact Playing Position of Chiefs’ First Drafted Player

Wide Receiver +200
Offensive Lineman +350
Cornerback +400
Defensive Lineman +500
Linebacker +500
Safety +1600
Tight End +1600
Running Back +3300
Quarterback +5000
Kicker/Punter/Long Snapper +15000

Playing Position of Chiefs’ First Drafted Player

Offense -125
Defense +101

Best bets

Tight end +1600
Offensive lineman +350
Wide receiver +200
Offensive player -125

Kansas City did get an offensive lineman already, but there is no doubt they were hurt by injuries up front last season and didn’t have good enough depth. And with a fairly deep set of linemen in this draft, we must consider that they’ll go back to the well. But, with two picks close together at the end of the second round, they have plenty of options.

Wide receiver is the odds on favorite for their first pick, and if one they like falls, they could easily grab him. Like offensive line, receiver is deep and a startable receiver could be there. They were in on JuJu Smith-Schuster this offseason, and upgrading their No. 3 guy should be a priority. I like Mecole Hardman, but there’s no doubt that his inconsistency has kept him from taking over the job. And that goes with tight end as well. Travis Kelce is the best in the business, but finding a solid target as his backup would keep the offense running just that much better.

In the end, I believe they will go with a pick on the offensive side of the ball, be it receiver, lineman or tight end. This team wins games with their offense, which in turn puts their defense in good positions. They need to protect Patrick Mahomes and even with two studs in Tyreek Hill and Kelce, he needs more consistent targets as his third and fourth reads.