The 2014 NFL Draft is bound to be very exciting. There are a ton of top-notch prospects, polarizing figures like Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater are involved, and the Kansas City Chiefs don't suck so bad that they are drafting first again.
Then there is Andy Reid, partnering with general manager John Dorsey for their second draft together. Reid has always been known to be a mover-and-shaker on draft day, rarely content to stay in the same position. Dorsey runs the draft room but Reid will obviously have an influence.
Let's take a look at Reid's first round draft trades throughout his Philadelphia Eagles years.
2003: Acquired No. 15 overall (Jerome McDougle), for No. 30 (Buster Davis) and No. 62 (Terrance Kiel)
2004: Acquired No. 16 overall (Shawn Andrews) for No. 28 (Chris Gamble) and No. 58 (Shawntae Spencer)
2007: Acquired No. 36 (Kevin Kolb), No. 87 (Stewart Bradley) and No. 159 (C.J. Gaddis) for No. 26 (Anthony Spencer)
2008: Acquired No. 43 (Tyrell Johnson), No. 109 (Mike McGlynn) and a 2009 first round pick, No. 28 (Eric Wood) for No. 19 (Jeff Otah)
2009: Acquired Jason Peters for Eric Wood, No. 121 (Shawn Nelson), No. 192 (Danny Batten)
2010: Acquired No. 13 overall (Brandon Graham) for No. 24 (Dez Bryant), No. 70 (Ed Dickson) and No. 87 (Eric Decker)
2012: Acquired No. 12 (Fletcher Cox) for No. 15 (Bruce Irvin), No. 114 (Jaye Howard) and No. 172 Jeremy Lane
It is pretty clear Reid will trade both toward the front and back depending on the situation. Of course, he is not in charge of the decisions, something that is oft-overlooked in Chiefs land. Dorsey is the personnel man, and the buck stops with him. Certainly Reid's thoughts will be taken into account, but he won't make the call.
It would be a stunner if Kansas City trades up this year. The draft is loaded with ability, the Chiefs do not have a second round pick and their biggest positional need, wide receiver, is stocked. It would make much more sense for Dorsey and Reid to trade back into the late first round or even early second round to acquire more currency.
All that said, the Chiefs would need to find a dance partner. Best case scenario? Bridgewater falls to No. 23 after the Cleveland Browns have taken a non-QB with the No. 4 overall pick. A team in the very top of the second round (Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars) panics with fear that Cleveland will snag him and sees the Chiefs as a match for a trade.
One of those teams calls and offers its second and third round picks to Kansas City, or maybe even their second-rounder this year and first round selection next year. Tense times make for great deals if you are in a position of strength.
The draft is only eight days away. Let the madness begin.