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5 Creative Moves the Kansas City Chiefs Can Pull on Draft Day

Brett GeringCorrespondent IApril 24, 2014

5 Creative Moves the Kansas City Chiefs Can Pull on Draft Day

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    Roughly two weeks from now, the gridiron gods will spare Americans, particularly Kansas City Chiefs fans, from their torturous football fasting and grant them draft day. 

    May 8 will kick off a communal roller coaster ride. A three-day conclave where tables will become prayer circles for secondaries and second religions; where emotions will seesaw and ears will ring with "You don't pay enough attention to me" echoes; where decisions will be swarmed with air-punching praise or drowned in head-holding boos.

    "Team X" is on the clock. 

    A countdown lights the fuse, iPhones are idled, veins clog with endless anxiety and... silence permeates the room, friends turn to you with deer-in-the-headlights confusion and "that drunk guy" slurs something that sounds like a confused Scooby Doo.  

    The trade. 

    Every year, fans know it's bound to happen; they're just clueless as to who will headline it. 

    This season, said author may be Chiefs general manager John Dorsey. 

Trade Value Chart

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    Orlin Wagner

    Before we delve into hypotheticals, know that they're based on the NFL trade value chart.

    In other words, you're not going to see any Madden '94 "sixth-rounder for a first-rounder, Barry Sanders and silk Zubaz" logic.

    In the aforementioned chart, every pick is assigned a value. The higher the position, the greater the cost, and vice versa. 

Offer: Chase Daniel, Receive: Sixth-Round Pick

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    Terrelle Pryor was recently traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a sixth-round pick. Throughout his brief career, he has completed 56.3 percent of his passes and committed 12 turnovers compared to nine touchdowns. 

    His most likely starting replacement, Matt Schaub, also arrived via a sixth-round swap. Last year, he arguably endured the worst stretch of any NFL passer in recent memory, setting a record by tossing pick-sixes in four consecutive games. 

    Pryor and Schuab's respective values clamped a bungie cord and nosedived toward obscurity.

    The value of Chase Daniel, however, received a boost after instructing a Week 17 clinic at the expense of the playoff-bound San Diego Chargers. In the heartbreaking loss, Daniel completed 21 of 30 passes (70 percent), while tallying 259 total yards, a touchdown and no turnovers. 

    There's never a shortage of quarterback-needy teams in the NFL, and the arm of Kansas City's third-stringer, Tyler Bray, oozes with starting potential (with dedication serving as the deciding factor). That, in turn, renders Daniel and his hefty $3.4 million cap hit expendable. 

    Auctioning his services not only adds an extra selection to Dorsey's cache, it instantly generates $1.4 million in cap room, while subtracting $4.8 million from the 2015 payroll. 

    Whether due to Alex Smith's durability or Bray's development, in Kansas City, there's a chance that Daniel won't score a meaningful start over the next two seasons.

    If Kansas City lures a buyer, it's a no-brainer. 

     

    Greatest Value of Sixth-Round Selection: 20.6

    Lowest Value of Sixth-Round Selection: 5.4

    Potential Partners: Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Minnesota

     

    Targets in Sixth-Round: WR Jalen Saunders, WR L'Damian Washington, G Russell Bodine, NT Ryan Carrethers, FS Tre Boston, WR T.J. Jones

Offer: Pick No. 23 (1st), Sean McGrath; Receive: No. 38 (2nd), 69 (3rd) from TB

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    Tampa Bay's roster sprouts four glaring needs.

    The four eyesores include No. 2 wideout, guard, tight end and "Sam" (strong-side) linebacker. 

    Vincent Jackson finds himself sympathizing with Dwayne Bowe, only his complementary cast makes Bowe's look like the '99 Rams. If the season started next week, Chris Owusu and Louis Murphy would battle for the second starting spot. 

    As for the guard slots, preseason will seemingly serve as a four-week traveling talent(less) show between a handful of average-on-a-good-day candidates. 

    Brandon Myers, Tom Crabtree and Tim Wright—whose names rival their skill sets in blandness—are the favorites for tight end. 

    With Dekoda Watson's departure—an underrated offseason addition for Jacksonville—the "Sam" position is shrouded in mystery, with no viable nominees to line up opposite the Sunday soul-snatcher known as Lavonte David. (Last year, per BucsNation.com, David became just the second player in league history to record at least 100 tackles, six sacks and five interceptions in a single season, yet he didn't make the Pro Bowl.)

    At pick No. 7, analysts, including NFL.com's Adam Rank, have routinely linked Tampa Bay to Mike Evans, which seals the hole at No. 2 wideout. 

    Mike Williams being traded away gives me the feeling the Bucs could be looking at Mike Evans. Him and Vincent Jackson would be fantastic.

    — Adam Rank (@adamrank) April 4, 2014

    Still, relative to the remaining vacancies, the Buccaneers don't need mid-round projects; they need Week 1 starters. 

    Kansas City is teeming with tight end talent, and while offloading Anthony Fasano's contract would be ideal, Sean McGrath is a younger, cheaper stopgap (which Tampa Bay will prefer). Packaging him with pick No. 23 will mask two additional weaknesses, making it easier for Tampa Bay to barter two choices in return. 

     

    Total Value of Pick No. 23: 760

    Total Value of Picks No. 38 and 69: 765

     

    Targets at No. 38: FS Jimmie Ward, WR Cody Latimer, WR Jordan Matthews, G David Yankey

    Targets at No. 69: WR Jarvis Landry, WR Dri Archer, FS Terrence Brooks, CB Pierre Desir, ILB Jordan Tripp, CB Aaron Colvin, G Brandon Thomas, CB Lamarcus Joyner, OT/G Joel Bitonio, WR Paul Richardson

Offer: Pick No. 23 (1st); Receive: No. 30 (1st), 94 (3rd) from SF

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    San Francisco's receiving corps already features two former Chiefs (Devon Wylie and Jon Baldwin), and Kansas City would help in netting another through this trade. 

    As of now, the 49ers starting wideouts appear to be Michael Crabtree—a good but not great talent—and Anquan Boldin, a possession receiver who will turn 34 years old this season.

    When motivated, Brandon Lloyd looks the part of a top-10 pass-catcher. At least, he used to. Come opening day, Lloyd will be a 33-year-old wideout who hasn't played a down of football since 2012. (D-list zombie flicks don't pay the bills, apparently.)

    San Francisco is in desperate need of a No. 1 receiver (specifically, a vertical threat), and throughout draft, the last of that crop could be plucked before pick No. 30.

    Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandin cooks will likely be off the board, and Marqise Lee may follow suit, especially since four of the eight teams (directly) preceding the 49ers—Philadelphia, Kansas City, New Orleans and Carolina—are lacking at the position. 

    While the Chiefs find themselves stuck in the same boat, it's not sinking quite as quickly as the others. They can address their own void with one of the two received picks and add another potential starter with the extra selection. 


     
    Total value for pick No. 23: 760

    Total value for picks No. 30 and 94: 744


     
    Targets at No. 30: G Zack Martin, WR Marqise Lee, FS Jimmie Ward, FS Calvin Pryor, G David Yankey, WR Cody Latimer

    Targets at No. 94: G Dakota Dozier, ILB/OLB Christian Jones, WR Martavis Bryant, OLB Adrian Hubbard, CB E.J. Gaines

Draft an Early to Mid-Round Cornerback

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    If I'm Dorsey and Justin Gilbert somehow slips to No. 23, I'm putting on a Pharrell hat, chest-bumping Andy Reid, picking up a phone and drumming through his number like Travis Barker. No questions asked.

    Personally, I think that Gilbert's length, athleticism and straight-line speed hoist him to the top of this cornerback class. Also, he's comfortable with playing press-man.

    Evaluating Gilbert's game, CBS Sports' Rob Rang writes:

    COMPARES TO: Terence Newman, Cincinnati Bengals - Gilbert offers extraordinary athleticism, including natural receiving skills, agility and acceleration make him a potential early first round selection and Pro Bowl cornerback and returner. Dedication to his craft and Gilbert could be a true difference-maker at the next level.

    While this year's group drips with cornerback talent, said talent is suppressed if a scheme doesn't emphasize its strengths; inserting a small, instinctive corner into Cover 1 creates a "square peg in a round hole" scenario. 

    Regardless, if the Chiefs select a starting-caliber corner, it will buy Dorsey some elbow room relative to the cap.

    The team can then sever ties with Brandon Flowers (which I wouldn't suggest), generating $3.5 million in cap space throughout the process. Or, Kansas City can polish the rookie for a year and secure $5.5 million by releasing Sean Smith next offseason.  

     

    Cornerback Targets at Pick No. 23: Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard

    Cornerback Targets at Pick No. 87: Aaron Colvin, Keith McGill, Stanley Jean-Baptiste

Offer: Pick No. 23 (1st); Receive: No. 56 (2nd), 61 (2nd), 94 (3rd) from SF

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    Again, the 49ers are in Super Bowl-or-bust mode—Father Time is at the doorstep of Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, Justin Smith, etc.—and they're only a slot corner and/or explosive wideout away from returning to the promised land. 

    In all likelihood, if San Francisco traded up on May 8, its intentions would hint at drafting a playmaker who can stretch the field and capitalize on Colin Kaepernick's right-handed rocket launcher.

    Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham Jr. and Marqise Lee (as well as top 10 pick Sammy Watkins) top that list, and if the club intends on inking any of them, crossing their fingers until pick No. 30 would be a risky proposition. 

    Acquiring the rights to Kansas City's first-rounder allows the 49ers to (likely) sign one of the three aforementioned vertical threats, while still owning the option to draft a quick-footed corner like Jason Verrett or Kyle Fuller before Day 1's curtain closes. 

    #TCU CB Jason Verrett has speed, transition quickness + ability to play in the slot. Will he be a 1st round steal? http://t.co/bs3ys1RD8x

    — Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) April 22, 2014

    The next morning, Dorsey enters Radio City Music Hall with eight picks (including Day 3) stuffed in his back pocket. And remember, per CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, the 2014 class encompasses 98 underclassmen, shattering last year's then-record of 73. 

    In other words, relative to overall talent, one can argue that this is the deepest draft in NFL history.

     

    Total Value of Pick No. 23: 760

    Total Value of Picks No. 56, 61 and 94: 756

     

    Targets at No. 56 and 61: WR Jarvis Landry, CB Pierre Desir, OT Antonio Richardson, WR Donte Moncrief, FS Terrence Brooks, WR Jordan Matthews, CB Lamarcus Joyner, WR Allen Robinson

    Targets at No. 94: G Dakota Dozier, ILB/OLB Christian Jones, WR Martavis Bryant, OLB Adrian Hubbard, CB E.J. Gaines

     

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