Trade down. It’s a common opinion among Chiefs fans when it comes to what the Chiefs should do in the first round of this April’s NFL Draft. Well, guess what — trading down is easier said than done.
Unless either Darren McFadden or Matt Ryan is sitting there, there is really no chance of the Chiefs trading down. Even then, the team trading up would have to really, really want one of those two players. Why?
We’ve seen first hand what striking out on a top ten pick can do. Remember Ryan Sims? It’s not only demoralizing to the fans and a waste of what needs to be a Pro Bowl-caliber player, it kills the salary cap. Then consider that trading up to that spot would likely cost a team its own first and a plethora of other important picks. In a year where the back of the first round is nearly as good as the front, don’t expect many teams to be willing to take on that gamble.
I know this won’t be a popular post, but I’m just trying to help my fellow Chiefs fans be a bit more realistic about this upcoming draft. Plus, Jake Long and McFadden will almost certainly be gone, and if Ryan makes it to five we might even take him. Basically, unless Run DMC miraculously slips to five and Jerry Jones calls, don’t expect us to trade down. Sometimes the truth hurts, but it will be easier for us to face it now than in April.