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Chiefs And The Need For Inside Linebackers

They Must Be Able To Stop The Run

Jay Binkley
March 16, 2017 - 6:06 pm

The Chiefs must address the inside linebacker position.  

Last year Justin March-Lillard was out for most of the season with a broken bone in his hand.  March-Lillard had risen to starter after being undrafted a year ago.

One of the true leaders on the defense, Derrick Johnson, once again missed the rest of the season after another torn achilles. Johnson was part of  the Carl Peterson regime to show how long he has been here.  

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Now 2 gm's later it is about time to look at that position.  John Dorsey tried his first year by taking Nico Johnson in th 4th round but that didn't work out and he has bounced around the league.   This left Ramik Wilson who was drafted in the 4th round in 2015, and who was cut and brought back, to try to fill the void.  DJ Alexander, who specializes and even went to the Pro Bowl on special teams, filled in some as well.

The Chiefs have addressed some depth along the defensive line with the signing of Bennie Logan which should help freeing the inside linebackers so they can roam the field and make plays.  Last year the Chiefs finished 26th in the NFL at stopping the run.  If they are to make it past the divisional round this must be addressed in the draft.

So along with QB I feel that inside linebacker is the next position that has to be looked at early for the Chiefs.  Not only look at it but spend at least 2 of your 10 picks on the position.

Here are some guys that would help in the 2017 draft:

Rueben Foster - He was sent home at the combine, but probably will be the first inside linebacker taken. Possibly in the top 10 picks.

Zach Cunningham - Can play both inside and outside.  He led the SEC in tackles this season.

Jarrad Davis - Instinctive linebacker who missed the combine while recovering from injuries. Davis could be a late first round  or early to mid round selection. 

Raekwon Mcmillon - Probably a second rounder, but can fly to ball at 6'2" 240 lbs.

Anthony Walker Jr - Possibly a 3rd rounder.

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