Mock Draft: Chiefs Pick Crabtree, Trade Gonzalez

We got an interesting mock draft going on over at NFL Mocks. Each NFL team’s respective blogger will be acting as its GM for a one-round mock draft. Trades are allowed, even trades that don’t have to do with the first round. Here is what I have accomplished so far for the Chiefs…

Selected WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech

After unsuccessfully trying to trade the No. 3 overall pick, the Chiefs select the only guaranteed superstar in this draft class — WR Michael Crabtree. The Chiefs offered the No. 3 pick and Tony Gonzalez to the Panthers, but the Panthers ultimately decided against the move. The Peppers trade would have made a statement, but keeping Gonzalez and adding Crabtree gives both Matt Cassel and Todd Haley the weapons they need in order to succeed. With Crabtree in the fold, Jay Cutler in the Windy City and LaDanainian Tomlinson over the hill, the Chiefs now have more offensive firepower than any other AFC West team.

The Kansas City Chiefs trade TE Tony Gonzalez and the 67th overall pick (round three) to the Buffalo Bills for RS/WR Roscoe Parrish and the 42nd overall pick (round two).

The Chiefs will miss Tony, and it will be hard for us to see him in another team’s uniform when he visits Arrowhead late in the season, but this was a move that had to be made. Tony wanted out, and we shipped him out to a contender. Meanwhile, we brought in a dynamic kick returner and regained our second-round pick. This should be a 2-for-1 deal as far as starters are concerned, and tight ends aren’t featured in Todd Haley’s system anyway. Drafting Michael Crabtree earlier in the afternoon paved the way for the Chiefs to make this move.

My thoughts…

I would then go on to sign DE/OLB Jason Taylor to fill our pass-rushing void, then draft OT William Beatty, UCONN  or someone comparable with the 42nd overall pick. With these four moves, all of our most glaring holes would be addressed heading into the fourth round, allowing the Chiefs to roll the dice a little bit.

We’re doing this to give NFL fans a somewhat realistic look at what could go down next weekend. I tried to use Tony G as bait to get Julius Peppers, but essentially moved him for a second-rounder. For all intents and purposes, I moved a third-rounder for Roscoe Parrish. Considering the emphasis Scott Pioli is putting on special teams, I don’t see this as a stretch at all. I also think the Chiefs will be as active as I have been on draft weekend, which is why I have been so active, if that makes sense?

Addicts, sound off on my efforts in this mock — what would you have done the same or differently?

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