It's the day of the NFL Draft and the KC Chiefs have the top pick but want to trade it away. No one's interested. What to do .... I know! Let's give it one more shot to drum up interest in the top pick. Let's tell them other teams are showing interest in trading for the top pick.
Via NFL.com: "Dorsey confirmed to NFL.com's Steve Wyche on Wednesday that he has received some phone calls from teams with a desire to move up to the top spot in Thursday's draft."
Via USA Today: "I got a few calls this morning and this afternoon," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday evening. Before Dorsey could even finish that sentence, his iPhone started to buzz. "And as you can see, here come some more," Dorsey said.
Chiefs are still fielding calls about top pick but if they don't trade it, again, I believe Fisher will be the guy— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 24, 2013
So, yes, the Chiefs are saying there is interest in the top pick. They're talking with other teams. But will a deal actually get done? I doubt it. I just don't see it happening. All the signs this entire have pointed to the Chiefs keeping the pick, despite their efforts to move out. I don't know why these other teams would change their minds on draft day (unless desperation sets in, which is possible).
The best case scenario in a move back would be staying within the top five. They can move back to 4 or 5, pick up an extra pick or two, and still get Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel or Lane Johnson, the draft's top left tackles. A lot of people would agree with me when I say that Branden Albert won't be a Chief by this time next year. If that's the case, the Chiefs have a huge, gaping hole at left tackle they need to fill. Because of that, they can't move back too far. They need a day-one left tacke out of this.
The way it looks now is that the two offensive tackles -- Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher -- will be going No. 1 and No. 2. So if a team wants one of those two players, they will likely have to move up to the Chiefs (1) or Jaguars (2) spot. The problem is that there's also Lane Johnson, who could be the third tackle off the board, and he will draw some team's interest, too. From another team's perspective, it would be easier to move up to the fourth spot for Johnson, rather than trading all the way up to No. 1 for Joeckel or Fisher.
The Chiefs are in a tough spot. I don't see them trading this pick. I think they make the pick.