By Adam TeicherMcClatchy Newspapers(MCT)KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The possibilities for the Chiefs will again almost be endless when the draft rolls around in April. They will be able to fortify their offensive line by picking Russell Okung, give Matt Cassel a top wide receiver by selecting Dez Bryant or add a playmaker to the back of their defense by choosing Eric Berry.The time is almost here for the Chiefs to consider those possibilities. A third straight miserable season comes to a close Sunday when the Chiefs play the Broncos in Denver.The 3-12 Chiefs look as if they will pick third in next year's NFL draft. They can't get the top pick because there's no way for them to catch the 1-14 Rams, but they could fall below three if they beat the Broncos.The Rams need a quarterback and may choose one with the first pick. Detroit probably will pick next and the defense-starved Lions can use Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh, whom some scouts call the best defensive-tackle prospect in 20 years.If Kansas City loses to Denver, the draft then falls to the Chiefs. They could go in any of several directions.Offensive line might make the most sense. Okung of Oklahoma State is generally considered the best available tackle, though Oklahoma's Trent Williams could be drafted ahead of him.If the Chiefs select either player, they could move Branden Albert to right tackle or guard."He can play left tackle," an NFL scout said of Okung. "He might be better at right tackle but I think he could play left. The guy from Oklahoma, Trent Williams, might be a better athlete. He might be a better natural left tackle."I don't know if either one is worthy of being a top-five pick. I don't know if either one is going to be a great player. But offensive tackle is the safest pick, a safer position if you're drafting a guy there. It's a good bet both of those guys will be become good players, at least. They could help your team. I don't think you can go wrong with an offensive lineman. They're both solid."The Chiefs may not have a true No. 1 wide receiver. In any case, they've been searching for skilled playmakers to help Cassel.Oklahoma State's Bryant would solve the problem. He's big and more skilled than any wide receiver the Chiefs have had in years.However, it might be difficult for the Chiefs or any team to select Bryant so high. After a big 2008 season, Bryant played in only three games for the Cowboys this season.At that point he was suspended by the NCAA for allegedly lying to its investigators, who were looking into his relationship with former NFL player Deion Sanders.Gambling with a premium pick hardly seems the style of Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli. It wouldn't be a gamble for them to pick Berry, a safety from Tennessee who some scouts believe could do for a defense what Troy Polamalu has done for the Steelers or Ed Reed for the Ravens.The Chiefs have Mike Brown and Jon McGraw, both 30 or older, starting at safety. Jarrad Page is on injured reserve, and the other Chiefs safeties are developmental prospects at best."He's that same kind of caliber," said the NFL scout, comparing Berry to Polamalu and Reed. "He's a special player. He's a playmaker. You can count on him for that. If you need a center fielder back there, he would be a good investment."___(c) 2009, The Kansas City Star.Visit The Star Web edition on the World Wide Web at http://www.kansascity.com.Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
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