The Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC West last season, boasting a roster that was second to very few in the league. This offseason the Chiefs did a nice job in bringing back a fan favorite, inking Eric Berry to a contract that should keep him with the team for the rest of his career. The team did lose Dontari Poe to free agency, but were able to sign Bennie Logan to fill the void left by their big nose tackle.
As the team looks to build on a successful 2016 campaign, they have to be concerned with the age of one of their star players on defense. Derrick Johnson has been the main man for the Chiefs for the past 12 seasons, but he will be 35 years old during the 2017 season. Kansas City needs to draft his eventual replacement, and Zach Cunningham of Vanderbilt fits the mold perfectly.
Cunningham is quiet the player, and he is one of the best middle linebackers in this draft. He also has the speed to play on the outside if needed, making him one of those players who can plug into any defensive scheme. The Chiefs have questions surrounding the quarterback position, but at No. 27, they would be better serves adding a quality defensive player and looking to the second round, or next year’s draft for Alex Smith’s replacement.