Many of the new mock draft boards have Mark Sanchez going fourth overall to the Seattle Seahawks. Todd McShay, NFL Draft Analyst, has him drafted there as a project quarterback to be groomed under incumbent Matt Hasselback (much like Aaron Rodgers under Brett Favre, see last off-season for more information).
If this is a bad or good decision for Seattle doesn't matter from the Chiefs fan’s prospective, because we don't play the Seahawks in the regular season. If more rumors spread about Seattle potentially picking Sanchez, this will put the Chiefs in a powerful position.
A team looking for that franchise quarterback will often make desperate moves to obtain them. The rumor mill has the Broncos playing host for USC quarterback Mark Sanchez in a private workout this week.
As it is unlikely Sanchez will fall that far enough, it would be reasonable for the Broncos to give up both 1st round picks or a packaged 1st and 2nd rounder for the Chief’s 3rd overall pick.
The Chiefs could be in a position to pull the trigger on such a deal.
The Bucs, Jets, Broncos, 49ers and even Jaguars could move up depending on who slips. If Aaron Curry is taken 1st overall and the Rams take Jason Smith, the Chief's pick could be sought after by all these teams.
If either Sanchez or Stafford are on the board at third, the Chief's could consider trading back for hefty compensation.
The "Chief's Way", formally known as the "Patriot's Way", indicates trading down is a common tool used to collect talent later in the draft.
Some quality pass rushers will come out in the middle of the 1st round, including Brian Orakpo. Orakpo comes at a much cheaper price then Curry and has built a strong pass rushing reputation. That's exactly the kind of smart moves we’ll see this upcoming weekend.
Retrieving early second round picks will also be a priority. Don't be surprise if we trade Tony Gonzalez or Brian Waters. Neither player was in attendance at this past week's mini camp and both seem to be on the bubble about returning to Kansas City.
Both players also possess value and if they don't want to play for the Chiefs, they probably won't be here next year.
Talent in the second round is a much valued commodity in the "Chief's Way" and this year's second round offers unheralded skill.
Tight end prospect Chase Coffman would fit in as an H-Back* in our system and will probably come off the board in the second or third round. Pat White could also be a versatile addition to any team, offering some quarterbacking ability as well as receiving, running and kick/punt returning ability.
All three starting linebackers from USC could go in the second round. Rey Maualuga, Clay Matthew and Brian Cushing have good instincts and would be a good addition to our veteran line-backing crew.
All of this is speculation. If we do not trade down and we do pick Aaron Curry, what happens?
We take the safest pick in the draft.
We pick the best overall athlete in the draft.
We add a much needed defensive staple to our struggling defense.
This is truly a win/win situation indeed.