All this week, we’ll be publishing various trade ideas for the Kansas City Chiefs as they near the 2017 NFL Draft. Today’s idea? Trade for Sheldon Richardson.
The Kansas City Chiefs have a pretty complete roster as it is, yet they’re also flush with draft picks — ten of them, to be exact. The idea of so many draft picks sounds good until you realize that most of them will not likely make the team in the end. The Chiefs could form a nice 53-man roster as of now without any more free agent pick-ups, undrafted FAs, draft picks or further trades. In the end, the Chiefs will wave goodbye to many talented players in training camp who will undoubtedly be claimed as nice waiver wire pick-ups for other franchises.
Just last year, the Chiefs were the first team to part with a Day 1 or 2 pick when they released third round cornerback KeiVarae Russell. Just before that, they released fifth round quarterback Kevin Hogan. Within a matter of a single cycle of OTAs and training camp, the Chiefs felt fine punting away a third and fifth round pick (and that was even after the NFL had already docked the Chiefs another third round pick for the Jeremy Maclin tampering punishment). Now that the Chiefs are even deeper this year, fans should expect some of the names announced in May to be claimed by other teams in August and September.
To help John Dorsey, we’ve put together some trade proposals to be published all this week to help make better use of some draft picks by using them to upgrade over the current roster.