Chiefs Get: 2nd Round Pick (#43 Overall) and 2nd Round Pick (#45 Overall)
Why?: If the draftniks are right, then the cornerback position is going to get poached pretty well in this first round. Most of the projections I am seeing now seem to have Mackensie Alexander as the last remaining top tier corner available.
While that doesn’t bother me in the least, it is notable that he does not fit the mold of what the Chiefs look for in an outside corner. Trading back and adding a pair of 2nd round picks opens up a whole lot of doors for John Dorsey and puts him in the drivers seat for the remainder of this draft.
Rams Get: 1st Round Pick (#28 Overall) ~ Mackensie Alexander – CB – Clemson
Why?: Rumor has it that the Rams are absolutely in love with Mackensie Alexander. However, the team is in obvious need of a quarterback, and that needs to be priority #1 for them. Coincidentally, that should also result in Chiefs potential draft target, Paxton Lynch, being gone before Dorsey has his shot at him.
Alexander is perhaps the best pure cover corner in the draft and with a likely run on corners happening, the Rams will need to jump up to get their guy. The Chiefs are obviously in the market at corner, but shouldn’t be so tight on it that they wouldn’t be willing to drop down and take another option.
There are a couple of potential pot holes here. The first is obviously the availability of Alexander. No one should be the least bit surprised if either the Jets or Steelers take him before this pick. If that happens, I don’t know that the Rams like another corner enough to move up. The other issue is Green Bay. The Chiefs will be an obvious landing spot for a corner, so the Rams may try to jump ahead of them. Hopefully the Packers have a player they really like.
Chiefs Get: 2nd Round Pick (#61 Overall), 2017 3rd Round Pick, and OT Cameron Flemming.
Why?: With three picks in the second round, the Chiefs are in a great position to move around and add more assets. This trade actually keeps their third pick in the second round, adds a top 100 pick in 2017, and addresses the backup swing tackle spot. That’s a good haul for very little lost.
Flemming isn’t a world beater, but he’s solid depth who got a lot of starting experience last season when subbing for the Pats. He’s a low cost player with no guaranteed money which means the Chiefs aren’t handcuffed to him if they find a better option.
Patriots Get: 2nd Round Pick (#45 Overall) and 7th Round Pick (#249 Overall)
Why?: This is the real effect of Deflategate on the Patriots. They don’t have any picks until the end of the 2nd round, where they have a pair of them. While the Pats are known for trading back to add picks, that’s always been possible because they had the upper hand in the draft. Now they are playing from the back of the pack and need to move up.
The cost of the trade isn’t too much for them either. They move up, but don’t sacrifice any picks this season. The 2017 third rounder can be recouped by making other moves, and Cameron Flemming is currently a bubble player for the team after being originally cut at the end of Training Camp last year. It’s a pretty cheap payment to get such a valuable pick for them, and it’s unlikely that they would find that kind of deal from any other team.
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