May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell begins the draft and puts the Houston Texans on the clock at the start of the 2014 NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Day one is in the books for the NFL Draft and now attention turns to rounds two and three. Kansas City only has one pick today, a third rounder, due to the Alex Smith trade but anything can happen over the next few hours.
Here are somethings to watch for and keep in mind as we tackle day two of the draft.
WILL THE CHIEFS MAKE A TRADE?
As things stand the Chiefs only have one pick, the 87th overall pick in the draft. This means 53 players will come off the board before the Chiefs make their next pick. Are the Chiefs willing to wait that long?
There are a few scenarios which could happen. First, the Chiefs are looking at having about 11 picks in next year’s draft after all of the compensation picks are totaled. This may allow the Chiefs to deal a pick from next year’s draft to either move up or add a pick in this year’s draft. Trading a future pick may not be enough to land a second round pick but it could get them an early pick in the third round.
Another option is to trade a player, with the main name floating around being Brandon Flowers. Trading Flowers would open up some cap space for the Chiefs next season, something they’ll need when trying to re-sign Alex Smith and Justin Houston. However, there would be a significant hole to fill at cornerback if Flowers was let go. Is this something Kansas City is okay with creating?
It is debatable about what Flowers would bring back in a trade but one would have to assume such a deal would include a pick in today’s portion of the draft. Dorsey is on record he thinks cornerback is very deep in this class so that is something to keep in mind as well.
WIDE RECEIVER IN ROUND THREE?
Dorsey passed on Marqise Lee in order to draft Dee Ford with the 23rd overall pick. The assumption now is Kansas City will attack their need at wide receiver with their third round pick. Good news is there are a lot of receivers still available heading into action today.
Names still on the board include Cody Latimer, Jordan Matthews, Allen Robinson, Martavis Bryant, Paul Richardson, Brandon Coleman, and Donte Moncrief. And those are only the receivers who are at least 6-feet, 2-inches tall.
There is a lot of wide receiver depth in this class so the Chiefs are not in a bind to pick one in round three, but one would think they would address receiver either today or in round four tomorrow. It would be something of a surprise if they didn’t pick one soon.
What if the Chiefs do not go wide receiver in round three, where would they go?
Offensive line is a possibility. Kansas City has some depth to replenish after losing three linemen to free agency. Adding a lineman in round three may be the next most likely pick of all of the other options. Antonio Richardson, Billy Turner, and Joel Bitonio are still on the board, along with bigger names like Cyrus Kouandjio and Morgan Moses.
Local guys Justin Britt and Cornelius Lucas should be available to the Chiefs on day three, as should Dakota Dozier and Seantrel Henderson.
Another area Kansas City could go is in the secondary. Four safeties were taken in round one but there are still a lot of intriguing names out there like Terrence Brooks, Craig Loston, Brock Vereen, Tre Boston, and Ahmad Dixon. As mentioned earlier there is a lot of depth at cornerback, too, so the Chiefs could look to add a corner today.
If you’re looking for a crazy sleeper – something a little off the beaten path – here are three names to consider:
Aaron Murray, a quarterback from Georgia, should be available when the Chiefs pick at 87. There was some thought he would be a first round pick in this year’s draft before he tore his ACL in November. Tony Dungy said Murray was the best quarterback available in the draft before his injury.
Troy Niklas, a tight end from Notre Dame, is very raw but he could be a nightmare for opposing defenses when it comes to trying to cover him. At 6-7, he’d almost always be one of the biggest players on the field. He’s athletic and has decent hands. He has a lot of room to grow as a football player put he could be very enticing to the Chiefs.
Caraun Reid, a defensive lineman from Princeton, could team up with Mike Catapano – another Princeton grad – to add a pass rush to the defensive line. There are not a lot of defensive linemen with pass rushing upside in this draft but Reid is one of them. At 300 pounds, Reid could be a part of a good secondary wave of pass rushers the Chiefs are looking to add.