Kansas City Chiefs: Breaking Down Team's Best Options for 1st Overall Draft Pick
First, the team agreed to trade two draft picks for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (via ESPN). Then, the organization decided to apply the franchise tag on tackle Branden Albert after signing receiver Dwayne Bowe to an extension, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today.
This filled one major hole on the roster while preventing two more from opening. It will also save the Chiefs from being forced to reach for a position in the draft due to immediate need.
However, it certainly makes things interesting for the No. 1 pick, with no clear-cut player ahead of the pack. At this point, here are the most likely options for Kansas City.
It would seem ridiculous for a team to spend a lot of money to keep an offensive tackle and then draft a person at the same position. However, that is certainly a possibility for the Chiefs.
General manager John Dorsey told Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star that he will draft the best player available, and any player could be moved to help the team.
When specifically asked about Albert and another tackle being on the team, he responded, "Who’s to say both of those guys are locked in to playing left tackle? Maybe one plays left guard, center, right guard, right tackle. You put your best five offensive linemen out there."
It might not be the best strategy to shuffle players along the line, but it is tough to argue against the idea of drafting the top available prospect.
Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M is the top player available, and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan is not too far behind. Selecting either guy with the first pick would not be a stretch.
A coach would certainly rather have too many talented players than too few.
The defensive line presents a bigger need for the Chiefs than offensive line at this point. While the unit is not expected to lose a lot of players, it could definitely use an upgrade in the draft.
One fit that makes sense is Sharrif Floyd from Florida. He showed in the draft that he has the quickness to play any position on the defensive line, but he might be best suited as a 3-4 defensive end.
With two talented pass-rushers on the outside in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, Kansas City needs someone that can take on blockers and free up space for his teammates. Floyd can do that better than anyone else in the class.
A month ago, this would have seemed like a huge stretch. Now, the Chiefs would be more than justified by selecting the defensive lineman with the first pick.
Once again, this fills a position of need for the Chiefs. However, it is important to question value.
Dee Milliner is easily the best cornerback in the draft. He has great speed and the size necessary to succeed at covering the top receivers in the NFL. That does not mean he should be the top pick in the draft.
The cornerback would be far from the best at his position at the next level. He does not have as much experience as a starter and is prone to mistakes when being too aggressive.
It would also fail to address the main point by Dorsey of picking the best player available.
Still, this selection would improve the defense right away if this is the direction the Chiefs go in.
Trade the Pick
With the immediate needs met, trading out of the top spot for more value would be a smart move. This is especially true considering that the Chiefs no longer have a second-round pick.
However, finding a trade partner might be difficult.
There is no sure-thing quarterback like last year when the Washington Redskins traded up to get Robert Griffin III. In addition, the best players in class are in positions that are generally pretty deep, like offensive tackle and defensive end/outside linebacker.
This will bring down the market for a trade, as no one will want to give up too much for something they can get later in the first round.
In all likelihood, Kansas City holds onto the pick and selects one of players previously mentioned.
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