According to Sportingnews.com, the Kansas City Chiefs will try to trade up in the 2012 NFL Draft in order to select USC OT Matt Kalil if he slips past the Minnesota Vikings at #4.
If Kalil isn’t selected by the Vikings, our sources tell us the Chiefs (who own the 11th overall pick) will attempt to trade up to obtain him. Kansas City recently signed former Texan Eric Winston to play right tackle and have 2008 first-round pick Branden Albert at left tackle. Albert is solid but not great and has only one year remaining on his contract. In 2012, Kalil could take over at left tackle, which would allow the Chiefs to move Albert to guard.
I am not sure I buy this. There are just too many reasons why it doesn’t make sense.
For starters, Branden Albert is a good left tackle. Is he a Pro Bowler? No. Is he middle of the pack? Yes.
As far as I am concerned, that fact along makes Albert very valuable to the Chiefs. When his contract is up, the team should be able to sign him to a favorable deal. Unless he has a breakout All-Pro season in 2012, he shouldn’t be asking for insane amounts of money. The Chiefs should be able to re-sign him without too much trouble.
As for moving Albert to guard, Scott Pioli has had three years to do that and he hasn’t. When Pioli arrived in KC in 2009, the offensive line was a mess. He has spent the last couple of drafts strengthening the interior by drafting Jon Asamoah and Rodney Hudson. He also went out in free agency and brought in Ryan Lilja and Eric Winston. LT has been dead last on Pioli’s offensive line priority list since he got to Kansas City and now we are suddenly supposed to believe he is going to trade multiple picks to move up and select Kalil?
I suppose anything is possible. Pioli didn’t draft Albert and while he has seemed content with Branden at the LT position since 2009 that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t like to upgrade.
That being said, I simply don’t think it makes sense for the Chiefs to move up for any position other than QB in the first round. KC has a good player and Albert and can pick up a very good player at #11. The Chiefs are talented but they aren’t particularly deep. Giving up multiple picks for a position that is already pretty well in hand doesn’t seem to be a smart move.
What do you think, Addicts? Is moving from #11 to #5 for a tackle something Pioli would do?