The Chiefs would like to move down in the draft to acquire more picks, according to NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi. The draft, of course, being LIVE AND IN PRIMETIME ON THURSDAY.
The Chiefs have a lot of needs, the most pressing being on the offensive line. But as Solomon Wilcots points out, the Chiefs could still get one of the top offensive linemen in the draft if they moved down about 10 spots.
This move sounds great in theory for the Chiefs. But who would be one of the willing trade partners?
The Chiefs are hopeful that somebody becomes desperate for a quarterback. The best-case scenario would be for the Rams to pass on Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, allowing him to tumble to No. 5 (with the Lions, Buccaneers and Redskins set at quarterback). Or even then, if a team becomes infatuated with Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen, then that team could make a move to get up to that No. 5 spot.
One of the teams mentioned are the 49ers, who have been linked to Clausen in recent weeks. The 49ers have multiple picks to deal, and making a move for Clausen could make sense. If you follow Pat Kirwan‘s mock draft, the Chiefs could take Rutgers OT Anthony Davis and still end up with multiple picks, if that move was made.
Of course, as Lombardi points out, the Chiefs have to be ready to make a move if they’re unwilling to find a trade partner. The unpredictability of the draft, of course, is one of its charms.