Over the weekend two bits of news rang out almost simultaneously:
1. Phil Taylor has been red flagged by the medical staff of at least one NFL team with bones that are growing together in his foot which could create future problems down the road for such a large man. The reporter in question, Rob Rang, stated that he confirmed this news with at least one additional team.
2. Colin Kaepernick is ranked as the #1 quarterback on the draft board of some unnamed AFC West team (of which there are, of course, only four)
What if these two seemingly unrelated events, were, in fact, totally related? What if Pioli and Belichick are "cooperating" in order to execute the following?
Let's say the Chiefs truly want to draft Phil Taylor, but feel he's a reach at #21. Bill Belichick wants to use #17 on one of the awesome 3-4 DEs in this year's draft and then wants either an OT or OLB with his second pick in the first round, but is afraid his guy won't be there at #28 (Ayres? Carimi?)
How could the Chiefs trade down with the Patriots from #21 to #28 and still insure that they get their man, Phil Taylor?
One way might be to leak a report that Taylor had a medical problem which the Patriots could then confirm. That would likely spook teams between #21 and #28 (or teams below #28 who might trade up above #28 to grab Taylor).
Another clever insurance policy would be to leak a report that an unnamed AFC West team had Kaepernick ranked as the #1 QB on their board (did you notice the burst of Kaepernick to the Chiefs rumors over the weekend?) in order to agitate one of the several suitors for the "2nd tier QBs" after Gabbert and Newton to trade back into in the late first in order to get Locker, Ponder, Mallett, Kaepernick, Dalton. This could, conceivably, remove another draft pick between #21 and #28 from potentially taking Phil Taylor as a QB desperate team offers more to say, New Orleans for #24, than the Jets or the Steelers can offer to move up from #30 or #31. So Jets and Steelers get "stuck" behind the Chiefs at #28 allowing Pioli to get the man he targeted all along, Phil Taylor.
You see where I'm going here?
Could be wishful thinking, but I'm praying that Pioli and Hoodie execute another trade (remember Cassel and Vrabel for Chiefs #2 in 2009?) where the Chiefs trade #21 in 2011 and a 3rd round pick in 2012 (Belichick loves to accumulate picks in future drafts) for #28 and #33 in 2011. Chiefs draft NT Phil Taylor at #28 and WR Leonard Hankerson at #33. Taylor's feet are fine and he goes on to star at NT for the Chiefs and make many Pro Bowls. Hankerson is exactly what the Chiefs need opposite Dwayne Bowe to eliminate the double teams and lift the 8 man front off of Jamaal Charles.
And we have #55 in the 2nd round and six more picks after that.