We’re always here for any clips that happen to show the Kansas City Chiefs making someone else sad because they are so good.
During the 2022 NFL Draft, most fans and analysts thought the Kansas City Chiefs were prime candidates to trade up given their total bounty of 12 selections coming into the weekend. Where everyone had it wrong was the position for which they would deal.
Coming into the draft, the Chiefs had multiple areas of need but some seemed more glaring than others. Defensive end was the biggest issue of all with the pass rush such a pressing concern. Beyond that, wide receiver had no real long-term investments and the trading away of Tyreek Hill only made that position seem even more of a need.
However, the draft class was reportedly deep in both areas and the Chiefs traded up from No. 29 overall to grab a player from a different position. When the dust settled on the move, they traded third and fourth-round picks along with No. 29 to move up 8 spots with the New England Patriots. It was there that they grabbed a cornerback in Washington’s Trent McDuffie.
After the draft, Brett Veach explained the move saying that he never thought McDuffie would even fall into that range. Coming into the draft, the Chiefs said they had 16 or so players with a first-round grade on their board, so it felt safe to say that McDuffie was one such player and that was falling farther than expected. Doing the math, the Chiefs figured they needed to move up and they paid a pretty hefty price for him.
One reason Veach stated that he wanted to move up there was to get in front of the Buffalo Bills who were set to pick a few spots later. In the end, the Bills also traded up and grabbed a cornerback in Florida’s Kaiir Elam. That alone seemed to prove what Veach said to be true, but his assumptions look even more on point when you watch the video made available by the Bills following the draft of the first-year player draft.
In that video, you can see the Bills’ front office personnel, anchored by general manager Brandon Beane, hoping for a cornerback. When Derek Stingley Jr. and Sauce Gardner went so early, Beane says he didn’t think corner would last all the way to them and mentions they might be trading out of the first round entirely. Then you hear the phone call come in and hear the announcement that K.C. had traded up in front of them. Trent McDuffie was the pick.
Maybe the Bills are just fine with Elam, and he should turn out to be a good pro as well, but it’s always a good time to watch the Chiefs get the best of the Bills at the last second—or last 13 seconds—once again.