The recent trade of Tyreek Hill has left the Chiefs in an interesting position entering the final stages of free agency and the start of the NFL draft. While the Chiefs did well to upgrade their second and third options at wide receiver with JuJu Smith-Schuster and MVS, having a top 10 wide receiver room is a must to be able to make it to the big game. As we saw last year with the Bengals and Rams who had two of the top wide receiver rooms in the league. Offenses tend to do much better when they have multiple top tier wide receivers on the field at the same time. Without Tyreek, it is now going to be a top priority to either trade, draft, or sign a guy who can come in and try and replicate the numbers Tyreek had last season.
Starting off with the draft options, The Chiefs have the draft capital to be able to move up and take one of the top receivers in this draft class. However with their need on the defensive side of the ball I find it hard to believe they will trade one of their two firsts for an offensive player. With the position that they are in, it seems much more likely that they will either stay put or trade up a few spots if they don’t think their guys will fall. Some realistic options at either 29-30 include Treylon Burks, Chris Olave, George Pickens, or Skyy Moore. Getting one of the first two would be huge for the Chiefs at 29, and as we know the draft can be unpredictable so anything could happen.
The trade options bring in a whole new set of ideas for how the offense could work. The rumors of DK Metcalf may not be true but it puts a new view on what the Chiefs may be trying to do. As we know, Brett Veach is not afraid to send top picks for a proven veteran player, which could be exactly what we see happen. Specifically a wide receiver in the NFC East could be available for the right price. An addition of a Wr1 could bring back the optimism for many that the Chiefs could still be superbowl favorites in a loaded AFC. Fortunately the Chiefs have many options on the trade market with their draft capitol. For rebuilding teams it would be very hard for an NFL Gm to pass up on multiple top draft picks. For this trade to make sense they should only give up less than what they got in return for Tyreek Hill and go into the trade knowing they will be able to pay this player what they want.
The last and probably least likely option is signing another wide receiver in free agency. Names like Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., and Julio Jones come to mind but they all have question marks as to how they
would be able to help this team win now. For Odell it is the second ACL tear which is a potential devastating blow to his future production, as we have seen many athletes not return as the same player after an injury like this. The question for Jarvis Landry is if he can return to his past self after losing a step last year. And finally Julio Jones who is ashell of the player he once was and a player who can’t stay on the field as of late.
Only time will tell, but the Chiefs certainly have options and flexibility to make the moves they want. It will be up to Brett Veach and his crew to secure another option for Mahomes to make another deep playoff run.