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The Chiefs are likely to have several compensatory picks in 2021

We discussed what that means on the latest edition of the Arrowhead Pride Laboratory.

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On the mailbag edition of the Arrowhead Pride Laboratory, we were asked about the Chiefs’ compensatory pick outlook and what it could mean for general manager Brett Veach.

News broke Tuesday that the NFL had approved incentives for teams to develop and hire minority coaches and front office executives. In the proposal, a team that loses a minority coach to a head coach or general manager role receives third-round compensatory picks in the following two drafts.

When offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is inevitably hired to lead an organization this offseason, the Chiefs will be the beneficiary of third-round compensatory picks in 2021 and 2022. Based on current compensatory pick projections, the Chiefs will get the 102nd pick for losing Bieniemy — these picks fall after the standard compensatory picks in the third round.

The 102nd pick in the draft (and another pick in the same range the following year) is significant for a team with many needs to develop the roster around some big contracts. The Chiefs are also currently projected to receive fourth and fifth-round compensatory picks — offsetting their net losses in free agency.

What will Veach do with the assets he has?

A trade-up is always in play. Being good has a price, and the Chiefs are expecting to pick in the back of the draft in each round, as they have the last few years.

One of those third-round picks could help the Chiefs move up five or six spots in the first round to ensure they get a player they are seeking. If Veach really wanted linebacker Patrick Queen last year, he might have been able to move up with one of those additional premium picks to acquire him and still have two additional premium assets.

Veach could also hold onto his picks and load up with four picks in the top 102. He’s had a lot of success on day two of the draft the past two years, so having another swing in that range is not a bad thing.

Head coach Andy Reid has built an organization that supports diversity in the coaching and personnel ranks. There are strong minority candidates in both fields in Kansas City. It is a shame the measures were deemed necessary, but by the new rules of the league, the Chiefs will be rewarded for their diligence in that regard.

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