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Full list of Chiefs 2021 NFL draft picks, needs, dream first pick

The Kansas City Chiefs enter the 2021 NFL draft with the 31st overall pick and eight total picks. We break down their needs and a potential dream pick in the first round.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher (72) lines up for a play against the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

UPDATE: The Chiefs are dealing 2021 first (#31), third (#94), and fourth round picks (#136) and a 2022 fifth round pick to the Ravens for Orlando Brown, a 2021 second round pick (#58), and a 2022 sixth round pick.

The Kansas City Chiefs could not win their second-straight Super Bowl as they lost 27-9 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55. Kansas City could not run the ball effectively against the vaunted Bucs’ defense and the offensive line failed to protect superstar QB Patrick Mahomes.

The Chiefs released both left tackle Eric Fisher and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz in the offseason. At No. 31 overall, Kansas City could use their pick to address one of the tackle spots or maybe draft a wide receiver. Sammy Watkins, who was the team’s No. 2 wideout, signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

2021 Draft Picks

Round 2: No. 58, LB Nick Bolton; No. 63, C Creed Humphrey
Round 4: No. 144, DE Joshua Kaindoh
Round 5: No. 162, TE Noah Gray; No. 181, WR Cornell Powell
Round 6: No. 226, OG Trey Smith

Team needs

Offense: Left Tackle, Right Tackle, Wide Receiver, Tight End

Last year, the Chiefs used their first round pick on running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. CEH turned in a solid first season with the Chiefs as their feature back. He recorded 803 rushing yards, 297 receiving yards, and five total touchdowns. The Chiefs can wait to get a wideout, but they need to get an offensive line to protect their franchise QB.

Defense: Defensive End, Linebacker, Cornerback

If the Chiefs are not feeling Sam Cosmi, Liam Eichenberg, or Brady Christensen, then they could opt to address their defense. This year’s draft class is top-heavy at CB with Patrick Surtain II, Jaycee Horn, and Caleb Farley. None of these three CBs will be around when the Chiefs pick at No. 31. However, Kansas City could take a shot on Asante Samuel Jr. or Greg Newsome II. As of right now, the Chiefs only have Charvarius Ward and Rashad Fenton at starting cornerback.

Dream first pick

The Kansas City Chiefs decide to not get a cornerback and instead, they get a tackle to protect Mahomes. With Sewell, Slater, and Darrisaw off the board, the Chiefs take IOL Alijah Vera-Tucker out of USC.