Chiefs Should Trade Top Pick If They Get Alex Smith, Re-Sign Branden Albert

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Chiefs Should Trade Top Pick If They Get Alex Smith, Re-Sign Branden Albert
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Depending how things unfold for the Kansas City Chiefs, neither Geno Smith nor Luke Joeckel could be expected to be taken with the top pick. In fact, trading away the top pick would be a wise move if certain events fall into play for the team.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweeted that the San Francisco 49ers have told other teams that a deal for quarterback Alex Smith is "effectively complete." The two teams that are desperate for a quarterback are Kansas City and Jacksonville.

Ryan O'Halloran, Jaguars beat writer for the Florida Times-Union, tweeted that Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said that the Jaguars are not the team that agreed on a deal for Smith. So it appears that the Chiefs will be the team that lands Alex Smith in mid-March, which is when deals can be officially made.

If the Chiefs get Alex Smith, it makes sense for them to go after Texas A&M offensive tackle Joeckel, rather than draft a quarterback. But what if the Chiefs are able to come to an agreement with Branden Albert and re-sign him?

As long as the Chiefs own the No. 1 pick in the draft, Geno Smith and Joeckel are out of the equation.

Although the draft is not until the final week of April, the team is considering the moves that need to be made to help set up the draft now. The process of attaining Alex Smith and bringing back Albert play a big role in what the Chiefs will do with the first pick.

Provided that the Chiefs get Alex Smith and re-sign Branden Albert, should they trade the No. 1 pick?

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The Chiefs will eliminate the need of a quarterback and left tackle before the draft. That allows the team to be flexible with the first pick.

If Alex Smith joins the Chiefs and Albert returns, the Chiefs should trade away the top pick and try to negotiate with a team that can give them multiple 2013 draft picks in return.

Kansas City traded Jared Allen to the Minnesota Vikings in 2008 and added three picks, giving the team a total of 13 going into the draft that year. The extra picks gave the Chiefs a lot of flexibility in the draft. They owned six picks in the first three rounds: two picks in the first round, one pick in the second round and three picks in the third round.

The Chiefs own either the top or second pick in each round of the draft, and they could get at least one compensatory pick for the loss of cornerback Brandon Carr. Trading away the top pick in the draft for more picks this year gives the team an opportunity to be flexible and fill every gap that is still open before the draft.

General manager John Dorsey and his staff hold a lot of power in this year's draft, especially if the team has a strong offseason prior to the draft. By the time April's draft is over, the Chiefs could have a nice roster going into training camp, and fans will be excited for the upcoming season.

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