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Trading Albert will remove any possibility of him causing any locker room distractions when the Chiefs select one of the draft's top left tackles.
For general managers in the NFL, if you make a mistake with the first overall selection in the draft, you may as well draft up your own walking papers.
Because of the high price of not making the right selection with the top overall pick, most general managers opt for the "best player available" strategy. After all, if every expert across the league says a guy is going to be great, who's left to blame you if everyone was wrong?
That is the predicament Chiefs' GM John Dorsey finds himself in.
The consensus best player in this year's draft is left tackle Luke Joeckel. For some, he's the second-best player behind another left tackle in Central Michigan's Eric Fisher.
So if Dorsey is to do what's in his and the team's best interest, he will trade Albert, as has been suggested by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
If the rumors are accurate, and the Chiefs are able to deal Albert for a second-round pick this year and another pick in next year's draft, it will be the equivalent of the Chiefs hitting the NFL's version of the Powerball jackpot.
The Chiefs' greatest remaining need is that of an inside linebacker. While there are several overpriced and aging options available in free agency, there should be several good options available in the second round of the draft.
Unfortunately, the Chiefs sent their second-round pick to the 49ers for Alex Smith and without finding a way to get back into that round, they may miss the boat entirely on drafting a starter at linebacker. If the team wants a long-term solution at not only left tackle, but also potentially at inside linebacker, they need to trade Albert.