Chiefs GM Scott Pioli said the team is keeping its options open with the No. 3 overall pick in next week’s NFL draft, even if that means trading the selection.
Now, it’s not easy dealing out of one of the top spots in the draft, largely because of the financial implications. The Rams have said they would be open to trading the No. 2 pick, and NFL.com’s Vic Carucci wrote about how difficult it is to deal the No. 1 pick.
Still, Pioli told the Kansas City Star that the Chiefs would keep an open mind with their No. 3 overall selection:
- “If there’s an opportunity to make a trade, we’ll listen,” Pioli said. “You have to take your time, be patient, not be reactive and think things through to make the best decision. It (can’t be) the best decision just at that second but long term.
- “I don’t know if we want someone to make us an offer. Here’s what I know: When it’s our turn to pick, whenever that is, we’re going to know who we’re picking and we’re going to be ready. No matter when your turn comes, you’d better be ready to pick. Be ready to make the pick and then see if there’s another opportunity.”
Besides the No. 3 pick, the Chiefs also own selection Nos. 67, 102, 139, 175, 212 and 256. Pioli told the Star that as the team heads into the draft, the organization will try to prepare for many possible scenarios:
- “Preparation is the key. We don’t know where we’re picking. As we sit here today we’re picking at No. 3. We have no idea if that’s where we’re going to pick. It wouldn’t be prudent for us to have it locked in our heads that the only opportunity we’re going to have is at three. Someone might come to us with what is a tremendous opportunity.”