From the FanPosts -Joel
Recently I have been listening to a lot of Kansas City Sports radio thanks to the TuneIn app that somebody on this site suggested (thank you to whoever that was.) I live in Cedar Rapids, IA and it is nice to actually be able to listen to stuff about the Chiefs. Anyway, as I have been listening I have been getting the vibe that less and less people believe that Andy Reid will use the #1 pick on a QB (okay, the guys on the Border Patrol anyway.) The question was then brought up: If we don't use the #1 pick on a QB, what do we do with it? This was also asked by AP user JediChrist on his Twitter this morning.
Now, please note that I think we should draft a QB. I don't really care who as long as he ends up being good. I don't even care where (pick #1, pick #101) but we need to draft a QB that is good. I know it has been 30+ years since we have done so and it is about time Kansas City had their own QB and not some other teams leftovers. Okay, now that you know my feelings on the matter, let me discuss this idea that popped in my head.
What would Andy Reid do with the #1 pick if he doesn't use it on a QB this year?
Well, one option is to use it on a QB next year.
Think about it like this. The Chiefs NEED a franchise QB. It is obvious and no way around it. There are also very strong opinions out there that this QB draft class is weak with no franchise QBs. So, Andy Reid could decide to trade down and out of #1 and stockpile picks to get his franchise QB next year.
How would this work?
To start, let's assume there is a QB next year that Reid really likes, I will use Georgia's Aaron Murray as an example. Let's also assume that there is a team out there that wants to trade up for our #1 pick. Andy Reid could trade down (multiple times if allowed) and purposefully stock up draft picks. Then, no matter what the Chiefs record ends up being, he could trade up for Murray the following draft without severely hurting the team. Now, this will only work if somebody is willing to trade us for our pick and if there is a QB next year that Reid really likes.
Okay, so what do we do about QB this year?
Well, there will be plenty of "rental" (FA) QBs available that we could sign to three year contracts (Alex Smith for example.) He could come in, play for us and probably do decently. Then, he and our new draft pick would compete for the starting spot the following year.
Now, I know we want our franchise QB NOW, and we want a Super Bowl now (and as I stated earlier, I think the Chiefs should draft a QB this year). However, teams can plan their drafts knowing who is coming out the next season. Think about Luck for an example: every team in the NFL knows if he is declaring for the draft and can decide their strategy around it. So, if a team really wanted him, they could try to stock up picks and get him the following year. Now of course, the teams ahead of you would want to do this but all of this is hypothetical.
Anyway, while I don't think this is the route we should go, I think it is a possibility.
What do you guys think? Do you think this would happen? Do you see it happening? Would you be mad if this happened? Is MNChiefsfan as crazy as he sounds?