KC Chiefs: 5 wide receiver trade targets not named DeAndre Hopkins
By Jacob Milham
2. Terrace Marshall Jr.
Want to keep it with former draft crushes? Let’s look no further than Carolina Panthers wide receiver Terrace Marshall. The Panthers are seemingly scrambling to cobble together a win-now team in the NFC South. After signing Adam Thielen and still pursuing other top free-agent receivers, the Chiefs should at least inquire about Marshall’s trade price.
The former LSU Tiger was another popular member of the Chiefs mock drafts ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft. Caroline drafted him 59th overall, and Marshall came on with a modest debut season. Expectations were higher for him in 2022, with Robbie Anderson gone and D.J. Moore needing a running mate. But, like the Jets and Saints, there was a revolving door at the Panthers’ quarterback in 2022. Marshall’s production still made him a borderline WR2 or great WR3 option for the Panthers, behind D.J. Moore. But Moore is in Chicago now, and the Panthers are on top of the NFL Draft in 2023. The team is undoubtedly chasing their franchise quarterback with the first overall pick, hopefully the Panthers’ long-lost heir to Cam Newton. But, if that is the case, does Marshall fit into Carolina’s plans? The question is at least worth asking.
This wide receiver class gets very suspect around the third round. That is the case for most classes, but the Chiefs could turn another third-round pick into another wide receiver already in the league. It has worked out pretty well for Toney, but Marshall could be an even better asset to Mahomes. The big-bodied Marshall makes sensational catches in one-on-one coverage on the outside, giving the Chiefs a jump-ball receiver they have not had in recent years.
Marshall might be high on the list, but this is a trade the Chiefs should explore. A new coaching staff in Carolina may not be very high on Marshall’s future with the team. If that is the case, the Chiefs should pounce on the former college superstar and make him an NFL superstar in Kansas City.