Will the Kansas City Chiefs Trade the No. 1 Pick?

By Andrew Fisher
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Things just haven’t gone the way of the Kansas City Chiefs in recent history. After a tremendously disappointing 2012 season, fans were hoping for a little positivity heading into next year in form of the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. As we’ve seen the past few years, teams have been able to turn things around almost immediately with franchise-altering draft picks. However, it looks as if the Chiefs may miss out on a player of that caliber in 2013.

For starters, there are no top-tier franchise quarterbacks available in the first round. This is especially disappointing for the Chiefs, who just have an awful mess at QB right now. So what’s the next best option?

The most popular name being thrown around is Texas A & M left tackle Luke Joeckel. We all know the impact an elite left tackle can have on a team, but from the sounds of it, Joeckel may not quite be in the same league as last year’s gem Matt Kalil. But still, the elite LT pick is rarely a bad one, and an option the Chiefs must truly consider.

But what if they decide to trade the No. 1 pick? Since there are no clear-cut franchise players, are the Chiefs best served to deal the pick, move down a couple spots and gain more picks later in the draft?

Mel Kiper Jr. thinks so, “I think trading out is still the best option. There’s no quarterback to remotely consider if you’re Kansas City. I would say if (the Chiefs) can get out of there, that’s the best option if they can, and there’s no guarantee they will be able to.”

I think the Chiefs should definitely consider trading the pick, and that option should be neck and neck with taking Joeckel at this point. But will another team really want to move up into the same position the Chiefs are in? The way it looks right now, I think the Chiefs will keep their top pick because I just don’t see why a team would want to move up that badly.


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