2018 NFL Draft: First round prospects who could entice the Chiefs
By Kody Latham
Chiefs general manager Brett Veach has said that the Chiefs could jump into the first round of the NFL draft. Who could they possibly trade up for?
The NFL draft season is about to come to an end. In just a few days from now there will be college players finally getting to live their dreams as they hear that they have been selected by a team to play in the NFL. It is an exciting time for them, it is also an exciting time for all the fans. Every year teams bring in players the fans will say are the final piece that they needed to win the ever-elusive Super Bowl.
You could argue that the Chiefs are currently one of those teams. With players like Eric Berry, Kendell Fuller, Justin Houston, and Chris Jones the Chiefs have good to great players at every level of the defense. If you look at the other side of the ball you have what could possibly be the most exciting young nucleus of talent in the NFL right now.
If the Chiefs do decide to trade up, which at this point seems to be very likely, what would it cost them? Well if the Chiefs are looking at trading into the first round they would need to at least match the cost of the 32nd pick. The 32nd pick is worth 590 points, that means the Chiefs would have to trade pick 54 (360 points) and pick 86 (160 points) and probably another late round pick to even reach 590 points. Trading three picks for just one is a risky move to say the least.
The Chiefs may have a lot of star power on the team but something they lack is depth. This is where some of those mid to late round picks come in handy, so trading them all away probably would not be the best move. Why would the Chiefs even try and trade into the first round to begin with? The answer to that is simple enough, the fifth-year option that all teams get with players taken in the first round. This allows teams to control players for an extra year at a manageable cap hit. It also allows that team an entire extra year to negotiate a deal with that player without letting them hit the open market.
So now that we know what it would cost the Chiefs to get up that high at a minimum who would they possibly be willing to bet the teams future on by giving up that much capital?