Until they trade away Branden Albert and get a pick in the second round, the Kansas City Chiefs will wait for a long time Friday night until it is their turn to pick. The Chiefs own the 63rd and 96th pick of the draft, both in the third round.
General manager John Dorsey has to continue negotiating with the Miami Dolphins and find a solution to trade Albert.
The earliest pick the Dolphins have is the 54th pick in the second round. The Dolphins owned the 42nd pick, which was what Kansas City was targeting, but it was traded away along with the 12th overall pick so the Dolphins could move up to third overall—to select Dion Jordan.
With the 54th pick being 12 picks later than the pick the Chiefs wanted, the Chiefs' asking price for Albert has to be higher if the 54th pick is part of Miami's offer.
With the Chiefs taking Eric Fisher and finding an offensive tackle, and if they trade Albert for a second-round pick, there is a great opportunity to find a couple of rookies who could be instant starters in Week 1 of the NFL regular season.
The Chiefs own the first pick in the third round. They have been fortunate enough in a couple of recent drafts to find Pro Bowl-caliber players in the third round. The Chiefs took Jamaal Charles in 2008 and Justin Houston in 2011.
As for areas of need, the Chiefs should look to the other side of the ball and look for a better inside linebacker to play beside Derrick Johnson. If Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso is still available, the Chiefs would benefit from picking him and having him compete against Akeem Jordan.
What position should the Chiefs go after first Friday night?
If the Chiefs surprise us by finding a new trade partner and trade up for a high second-round pick. That allows them to take a shot at another inside linebacker, either Manti Te'o or Kevin Minter.
Another defensive position the Chiefs should consider late in the third round is cornerback.
Kansas City could take Jordan Poyer or David Amerson and add them to the already recruited group of Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson
When it comes to the offense, the Chiefs desperately need another player to join Dwayne Bowe and improve the receiving corps.
Jon Baldwin's success in the NFL has been limited while Dexter McCluster has yet to live up to expectations. If Kansas City uses its first third-round pick on a wide receiver, it's likely Terrance Williams or Marquise Goodwin, both Big 12 products.
If the Chiefs do come away with an additional pick for Friday night's continuation of the draft, that gives them a great chance to snag some valuable pieces for the 2013 season to contribute immediately.