First, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that negotiations with Alex Smith have hit a brick wall, leading to widespread speculation that John Dorsey may set his crosshairs on a first-round quarterback:
Team that will consider a 1st-round QB: The #Chiefs. Negotiations with Alex Smith aren’t progressing well. Must keep long-term options open— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 5, 2014
A day later, B/R's Dan Pompei spread word that the Chiefs are looking to acquire additional picks for the services of Brandon Flowers:
Teams looking for a starting cornerback in the draft may be hard pressed to find one if they don't strike early. But they may be able to acquire a veteran in a trade. The Chiefs are believed to be willing to deal Brandon Flowers in an attempt to acquire extra draft selections. The corner made the Pro Bowl in 2013 even though he did not have his best season. Pro scouts consider him a tough, scrappy player who is an above-average cover man. Flowers' contract could make a trade difficult. He is due to earn $5.25 million in base salary this year, and at this point of the offseason, not many teams have the type of cap flexibility to acquire a player with that big a number.
Dead money included, trading Flowers would generate $3.5 million in cap space this season, while axing $11.5 million from the books in 2015 and $9.75 million in 2016.
Having said that, as an aftereffect of the potential swap, cornerback would skyrocket toward the top of Kansas City's draft needs.
If the whispers become realities, will Dorsey use the compensation to trade up for Justin Gilbert? Does the move promote Darqueze Dennard as the favorite for pick No. 23?
The Chiefs have been linked to a medley of first-round wideouts, safeties and offensive linemen, but the above scenario throws a wrench into the seven-round equation.
The 2014 draft, which will air on ESPN and the NFL Network, is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday, May 8. Live results, grades and analysis will follow each of the Chiefs' selections.