With the announcement that the Kansas City Chiefs will have the honor of making the final selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, the team now has now collected seven draft picks for the upcoming selection meeting.
Remember that the Chiefs and Rams (the #2 and #3 picks) rotate out that second and third spot each round because they had the same record last year (2-14) and the Rams won a tie-breaker. Here's how the picks line up:
- Round 1:3 (#3)
- Round 2: No pick (Traded to Patriots for QB Matt Cassel and LB Mike Vrabel)
- Round 3: 3 (#67)
- Round 4: 2 (#98)
- Round 5: 3 (#131)
- Round 6: 2 (#162)
- Round 7: 3 (#195) and 32 (#256), the last pick of the draft
For comparison, the Chiefs went into the 2008 draft with 13 draft picks. The Chiefs sent the 17th pick in the first round, along with third and fifth round picks to Detroit in exchange for the 15th overall pick and Detroit's third-round selection.
You think the Chiefs are going to be able to wheel and deal this year? As always, that's a really tough call to make that simply comes down to how, in the Chiefs' case, the first two picks end up going. I know it doesn't seem like anyone really wants Matthew Stafford right now but that may and probably will change on draft day. Some team may want to jump on the Chiefs' pick if the best QB in the draft is available.
One thing I will guarantee is that the draft will be a blast to watch this year. Last year was the most fun I've had in a long time watching the NFL draft. Something about having a top pick and the potential for a last minute trade really makes the whole thing interesting.
So for a little conversation, how many players do the Chiefs actually draft this year?