The Kansas City Chiefs’ choices with the No. 1 pick continue to be murky and it is not getting any clearer as the NFL combine comes to a close.
Thus, I think the team may have to start getting creative about the pick and it could mean taking a run at prized cornerback Darrelle Revis.
The Chiefs’ situation got more complicated with the news that Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei
has a heart condition and he is undergoing tests. He couldn’t work out
at the combine because of the matter. Unless Lotulelei gets firm medical
conformation that he is at no risk because of the heart issue, there is
little chance he will be taken at the top of the draft.
Would the Chiefs trade the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft to acquire star Jets CB Darrelle Revis?
Lotulelei is Scouts Inc.’s top-rated prospect and is one of the few top prospects
who makes some positional sense for the Chiefs.West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith
ran well at the combine and received mixed reviews for his performances
in the passing drills. He still may be a long shot at No. 1.
Thus, signs point to Kansas City taking Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel at No.1. But that isn’t clear cut, either. The Chiefs like free-agent left tackle Branden Albert
and remain interested in re-signing him. I wouldn’t get too excited
about the possibility of drafting Joeckel and moving Albert to guard.
Albert wants to stay at left tackle and he knows someone will pay him
the premium to play it.
Simply letting Albert walk and drafting Joeckel would not be taking
advantage of having the top pick and it wouldn’t necessarily make the
Chiefs better.They must get better by using the pick wisely. I have an idea how
that could happen: go get Revis. The Jets are reportedly willing to
trade the All-Pro cornerback.I could see a scenario where the Chiefs could use the No. 1 pick as
bait and get Revis, who played for new Kansas City defensive coordinator
Bob Sutton in New York, and the No. 9 pick in return. There may have to
be some additions on either side, but I’m not sure the Jets could get a
The Chiefs could then pair Revis with Brandon Flowers and have one of the best cornerback situations in the NFL.
Yes, Revis is coming off a torn ACL. But all reports are that he is
making great progress and he is in the prime of his career. And, yes,
Revis would likely require a new deal, but I think he Chiefs could find a
way to keep receiver Dwayne Bowe and add Revis. That would likely mean letting Albert walk in free agency.
But with the No. 9 pick, the Chiefs could likely get Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher and very likely get Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson. Both are highly skilled left tackles.
In addition, reports are heavy that the Chiefs are going after San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith.So, this is what the team’s offseason scorecard could look like:In: Bowe, Alex Smith, Revis and a top rookie left tackle rookie.
Out: Albert and the No. 1 pick.
Looks OK to me and if somehow Albert could be kept, the Chiefs could use the No. 9 pick on Geno Smith or a top prospect at another position.
I know there are lots of hoops to go through for this scenario to
unfold and I am not naïve enough to think it can occur easily. But it’s
plausible through some brainstorming.
That’s exactly the point of the Chiefs’ situation. They have to get
creative because there are too many questions right now about them
having the No. 1 pick. They might have to get creative to make it a