Chiefs Focus @ChiefsFocus Keaton Huff @KeatonTheKicker
Entering the final few days before the draft, Chiefs fans should be ready for a big move to happen. This time last year is when the Chiefs acquired Orlando Brown Jr. from the Ravens in return for a first-round pick. A few years before that the Chiefs also traded for former Seahawk Frank Clark. This brings us to the conclusion that the Chiefs are willing to work out deals until the draft clock hits zero.
With many uncertainties concerning the current roster including wide receiver, cornerback and defensive end, Brett Veach will once again have to work his magic to have us back in the AFC Championship game for the fifth straight year. In this article I will break down each route the Chiefs could go to address these roster issues.
First, we will look at trading for a veteran wide receiver. With the wide receiver market exploding there are many stars who want new deals or to be traded. This bodes well for the Chiefs if this is the direction they want to go. In a hypothetical trade with the Washington Commanders, I have Terry McLaurin being traded to the Chiefs for a first and a fourth-round draft pick. This move would instantly solve a hole in the roaster while leaving us with plenty of picks to fill the void on defense. Along with this the Chiefs could select Boye Mafe (DE-Minnesota) with their remaining first round pick. And lastly with pick 50 Brett Veach would be thrilled to select Nick Bonitto (DE-Oklahoma). Not only would this offense be just as good if not better than last year with “Scary Terry,” we could also eliminate the problem of a lackluster pass rush for years to come.
The second scenario is the Chiefs keep all top picks and use later round picks to trade up. Being at the end of the first round there could be a player in Veach’s mind who could be a target if they were to fall. In this draft I have the Chiefs addressing their corner and wide receiver problems with Kaiir Elam (CB-Florida) and Treylon Burks (Wr-Arkansas). The Chiefs should be thrilled if both players fall to them as they both project to be day one starters. Lastly, I have them taking Arnold Ebiketie (DE-Penn State) with pick 50. All three of these players were on our Chiefs Focus top 50 and would be great additions to a high-powered offense and budding defense. Knowing that the Chiefs won’t be using all 12 picks this year, in the later round we project the Chiefs to trade up to secure a late round star like we have seen happen with starting corner L’Jarious Sneed.
The final scenario of this draft article is that the Chiefs trade up to select Garrett Wilson or Jamison Williams with pick 11 while trading their two first round picks. In this trade the Chiefs would get the consensus WR1 or 2 of this draft class and likely fill the void of the Tyreek trade. With the offensive side of the ball taken care of, it would only make sense for the Chiefs to use their remaining picks to draft high end corners and defensive linemen.
As the draft is now just a week away, Chiefs fans should have their eyes glued to the T.V as Brett Veach has the flexibility to make any move he wants. Whatever this move may be the end goal remains the same. Get back to the big game.