Seems like every year I enter the draft hoping the Chiefs can trade down and pick up more valuable picks to fill out the roster. Since Pioli came to town, that hope is even stronger, as Scott has a history of doing exactly this kind of thing. It seems like the Patriots have multiple 1st rounders every other year, and extra picks every year.
This year is a little confusing, though, as the Chiefs are in a great position whether they trade down or not. Picking just outside the top ten, we are looking at having at least a couple of blue chip players available, and they have done well enough in FA to have the flexibility position wise to take advantage of whoever falls. I'm not real hot on Dantari Poe, but Decastro, Kuechly, or even the likes of Cox or Coples would improve the Chiefs at both a starter position and the depth behind them. It is going to be a very exciting draft.
My question for today is can we get the best of both worlds? Could the Chiefs trade down, pick up more draft slots, and still get an impact player? I think so! If we want Kuechly, we probably have to stay put. I think he goes 12 or 13 even if we pass on him at 11, but I think the Chiefs are still pretty happy with Belcher, so maybe Kuechly isn't really much of an option anyway. If we want a shot at DeCastro, we can probably only move down a couple spots. Dallas, at 14, would owe about 150 "points" to move up to 11. We might get their 3rd rounder in the trade. Philly at 15 might go as high as a 3rd and a 5th or 6th. If the board falls right, the Chiefs might just land DeCastro at 14 or 15. I think getting him and an extra pick would give the Chiefs a big time start to the draft.
If we want to actually get another 2, we have to move down to about 19 or 20 at the least. This wouldn't be bad, though, as there is still plenty of talent and multiple options on most mock boards. If Pioli wants help on the interior of the O-line, we could get Cordy Glenn to take Lilja's spot, or Peter Conz to play center and give Hudson Lilja's job. Either way Lilja becomes becomes a stong backup with experience at both guard spots. If we want D-line help, Brockers and Mercilus are both expected to go in this neighborhood. One of these guys would make Dorsey trade bait (he's not already trade bait?) and reshuffle the lineup, but I think that could be a good thing. How about Jackson in front of Hali, and Mercilus and Houston terrorizing right tackles? With Shaun Rogers or Franklin rotating with Powe in between? I likey. Or we could look at a corner here. Jenkins or Gilmore would make the depth here a strength instead of a question mark.
Moving down to 24 would net a bunch of value. Pitt would owe about 500 points, which would be about their 2nd and 3rd, or 2nds this year and next. We might still get Glenn or Conz, and even if they're both gone, Crennel has got to get excited about a guy like Hightower here if he does want an upgrade from Belcher. Hali, Hightower, DJ, and Houston would scare the hell out of OCs everywhere. Hell, I'm a little scared just thinking about it...
We could even go all the way to the bottom of the first. The Ravens at 29 would owe over 600 points to move up from here. That's a boatload of picks this year, or mabe even a 2 this year and a 1 in 2013. Gilmore or Conz might even fall this far, but probably not. Chances are we'd be looking at Devon Still, Nick Perry, or maybe Mark Barron. Maybe a wildcard pick like Fleener. I like Moeaki and Boss in two TE sets, but what if Moeaki struggles coming off the ACL? And an extra 1 next year would make us power players if we want a QB...
Then you can look at multiple trades down for even more picks. If we moved from 11 down to 19, picking up Chicago's 2 (50 overall) and then traded down from 19 to 29, picking up the Raven's 2 (60 overall) we would be looking at #29 in the 1st and #s 44, 50, and 60 in the 2nd. How about Mark Barron, Zebrie Sanders, Kelechi Osemele, and Brandon Boykin? If Kiper didn't give that draft an A+ I'd show up at his house... If they do trade Dorsey (which I think is a very real option considering there's no way we can get him, Jackson, and Albert all back under contract in one offseason next year,) we can double up in the 3rd, too.
This is the kind of draft plan that NE has become famous for, and now that the Chiefs have fought through the ugly part of rebuilding, its the way I'd like to see Pioli play things out. What do all the smarter-than-me people think? (Hell, the dumber-than-me people's opinions are valuable, too...) GO CHIEFS!!!