NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY THROUGH DECEMBER 15, 2011, NO ARCHIVE, NO SALES) In this handout provided by the Heisman Trophy Trust. Robert Griffin III of the Baylor Bears speaks on stage after being named the 77th Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner at the Best Buy Theater on December 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Heisman Trophy Trust via Getty Images)
Jack Harry of NBC Action News teased his interview with Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli Wednesday night on Twitter tweeting that Pioli said he will "NOT" trade up to get a quarterback in the 2012 NFL draft (lookin' at you, Robert Griffin III fans).
Pioli didn't explicitly state he won't trade up under any circumstances but did strongly indicate he was unlikely to do so.
"From year to year you have so many needs," Pioli said. "To start giving up multiple No. 1 picks, that's a big decision because right now we may say we have needs in these five areas and to sacrifice multiple drafts in the future, I tend to want to be a little more responsible than that.
"I didn't come here to win one championship. I didn't come here to get the quick fix, be done and move onto the next job. This is where our family is. This is where I want to spend the rest of my career.
"So what I'm gong to do is make prudent decisions to get the best players and get the best team built. Being too short-sighted and trading too many draft picks for any one player....I don't even know who the player is who I'd say I'd give up multiple first round picks based on where we're at."
Well then. My response would be to point out this story from Peter King of SI.com:
"Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff calls the safety-at-the-top-of-the-draft debate a conundrum. "It's been on my mind a lot lately," he said, "and I realize I'm speaking out of both sides of my mouth here, but Berry's a really good player. It's been on my mind quite a bit recently. You want the good hitter with hip movement, able to turn and run, but then reality sets in. I was talking to [Kansas City GM] Scott Pioli about Berry, and I said, 'Scott, this guy's your pick.' And he said, 'You know how I feel about safeties that early.' And I understand.''"
This was written in March 2010. About a month before the Chiefs...drafted Eric Berry.