2023 NFL Draft: 5 teams that provide best trade-up opportunities for Chiefs
By Grant Tuttle
Brett Veach has shown a willingness to move up in the draft on numerous occasions for “his guy.” Which teams might be willing to move down?
The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to continue their current run of dominance in 2023. They have had a great track record in the NFL Draft as of late, and general manager Brett Veach has been aggressive with trade-ups to make some of his selections. Last season, he moved up for cornerback Trent McDuffie.
Could Veach pull the trigger on another trade-up the draft order? If so, who would be willing to deal? We discuss some scenarios.
When considering the teams that might be willing to trade out of these spots, we will consider how each team’s roster is constructed, the draft capital that they possess, and whether they might have any other reason for trading back.
Here are the teams that may be willing to deal with Kansas City:
The New England Patriots (Pick 14)
Why it makes sense for them:
The Patriots seem to be “oddballs” in the draft. Perhaps it’s that Bill Belichick has been coaching for what seems like an eternity and he knows the exact player type that he is looking for. Or it might just be that they are sporadic with the players that they take. Just a few years back it was Mac Jones and last year it was Cole Strange.
Many analysts expected Strange to drop into the second round—if not the third. The Patriots might be willing to deal with another team if they know that there is a guy that they could pick up later while adding more draft picks in this draft. Further, for a team like the Chiefs that would be moving up from pick 31, Bill Belichick might love to have a second first-round pick for next year, in case they were hoping to angle for a top-tier quarterback in next year’s class.
Likelihood of Chiefs trading for this pick: Low
It’s always possible that Brett Veach spots a player in this class that would be life-changing for Kansas City. If that is the case, the Chiefs would need to give up some serious draft capital. At pick 14, the Chiefs would likely be looking at three different positions: wide receiver, offensive tackle, or edge rusher.