As the 2012 NFL season wound down and it became more and more apparent that the Kansas City Chiefs could land the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, some KC fans began to take at least a little comfort in the fact that their favorite team would be able to land the top player available to help turn things around.
Now that the 2013 offseason is underway, however, it is becoming pretty apparent that the Chiefs don’t want the honor of picking first.
From CBS Sports:
Some team personnel men are saying the Kansas City Chiefs are making it clear they are willing to trade out of the top overall spot.
They are basically advertising this, I’m told, in neon lights. Like a special at Macy’s. One scout called it “begging.” The Chiefs aren’t giving the pick away but they are letting many people know the pick can be had.
The concern in the Kansas City organization is not unfamiliar to many teams that have held the top overall pick. When a franchise has as many holes as Kansas City does, how much can one player help?
Nowadays, the risk of swinging and missing at No. 1 isn’t quite as great. Thanks to the rookie wage scale, teams don’t have to be worried about being stuck with a bust (and the bust’s massive contract).
Still, the pick is valuable. In a draft considered by many experts to be extremely deep, the Chiefs are wise to want to acquire more picks.
The situation presents an interesting conundrum for GM John Dorsey. Most experts believe there isn’t that much of a gap in talent from the top picks to say, the middle of the first round. So if the Chiefs could snag additional picks and still get a player of equal talent, they should do it, right?
The problem is that the reason the Chiefs want to trade back is also the same reason why other teams might not want to trade up.
That means for KC to move the pick, they might need to accept significantly less for what the team holding the No. 1 pick might normally demand.
What do you think, Addicts? Should the Chiefs accept less so they can move back and get more picks or should they just roll the dice and make a pick?