New Chiefs head coach Andy Reid
When the 2013 NFL draft rolls around, it will be a big turning point for many teams.
As of right now, the Kansas City Chiefs own the first overall pick, but that may change as April approaches. In most every mock draft the experts have had the Chiefs either choosing a quarterback or an offensive tackle.
Since their trade for Alex Smith this past week and their franchise-tagging of Branden Albert, those two glaring holes have become areas of less concern. The Chiefs now don’t necessarily need the top pick and hold tremendous leverage and flexibility.
Ever since the recently implemented rookie salary cap, teams have been more aggressive than ever at the top of the draft.
There are several teams that could surely benefit from trading up to the first overall pick, but few teams that would actually pull the trigger. Here are three potential suitors for the first pick in the draft:
St. Louis Rams
But this year, they may try to move up instead of down. The Rams hold the 16th and 22nd picks but could try to package some picks to send to the Chiefs to nab the first overall pick.
The Rams could be eyeing a top defensive prospect that they don’t think will be there for them in the middle of the first round.
Don’t rule out them drafting one of the elite tackles of this year’s class, as they could definitely use a top-tier tackle.
Miami has five picks in the first three rounds and could pretty easily make the move up to No. 1 if the team was so inclined.
Miami would benefit a ton from re-solidifying its offensive line, and this may be the best way to do it.
While the Jaguars are only one pick behind the Chiefs, they still might feel the need to trade up.
If it looks like the Chiefs are going to take the player they really like, then the Jags may be frantically trying to strike a deal. Also, if it looks like the Chiefs will trade the pick to a team that would draft a player the Jaguars like, then they should still see if they can get a deal done.
It may seem silly just trading up one spot, but the Jaguars can’t afford to make mistakes—they need their guy how ever they can get him.