Kansas City Chiefs' general manager John Dorsey said at the combine that he'd either use the No. 1 overall pick next month on the best player available on the team's board or trade the rights to the pick.
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Since that time, Dorsey and coach Andy Reid have systematically addressed three of the team's biggest needs, trading for veteran quarterback Alex Smith, making sure he'd have a legitimate No. 1 target to throw to by re-signing wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and maintaining the continuity on the offensive line by slapping the franchise tag on incumbent starting left tackle Branden Albert.
In doing so, the Chiefs aren't just building their roster, they're buying time in the hopes that some team will fall in love with a prospect and be willing to package the picks necessary to move up.
However, that's unlikely in a draft class that appears to lack true difference-makers. Unlikely doesn't mean impossible, however. Dorsey certainly sounded committed to the idea at the combine.
"Well it's a very unique situation sitting here in the first spot, but I can say this, if anybody wants to come up they're more than welcome," Dorsey said at the combine. "But then again, I'm going to select the first-available player, or I'm going to trade. It all depends on the options that are presented to me. That's why I'm sitting here, because I want to explore every opportunity possible and what's best for the Kansas City Chiefs."
One element helping the Chiefs is that the Jacksonville Jaguars, owners of the No. 2 overall pick, have obvious needs on the defensive line. The team finished 30th in the league in defense a year ago, including dead last in sacks. Gus Bradley was the only head coaching hire this offseason with a defensive background, so clearly the team realizes its shortcomings.
Should Kansas City remain at No. 1 overall, the logical direction would be to stick with one of the top-rated offensive tackles, Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan's Eric Fisher. Each has shown future Pro Bowl talent and, if paired with Albert, would give the Chiefs the talented bookends to protect the investment made in Smith.
It is also worth noting that franchising Albert today means little, as the Chiefs, like any other team, can drop the designation at any point between now and July, when the franchise tag requirements set in.
With former first-round disappointments Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson having potentially played their last games in a Kansas City uniform, the Chiefs could look to a talented defensive line class. Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and BYU's Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah are generating a lot of buzz, as is Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner.
As the draft approaches, expect the Chiefs to be linked to each of these prospects at one time or another. It is the most logical way, after all, to spark interest in their pick.
So which clubs might be tempted to move up should Kansas City cut them a deal?
Below are five candidates to consider. Teams are listed alphabetically.
Denver Broncos (First pick: No. 28 overall): Trades within the division don't occur often, but with few clear needs and a closing window for success with soon-to-be 37 year-old Peyton Manning at the helm, the Broncos might be more aggressive than normal on draft day.
Jacksonville Jaguars (First pick, No. 2 overall): A year ago it seemed ridiculous that the Minnesota Vikings would be able to convince the Cleveland Browns they had a trade partner that might nab Trent Richardson. If the Chiefs can do the same to the Jaguars, they might be able to swap spots and add at least a pick or two.
Miami Dolphins (First pick, No. 12 overall): The Dolphins would appear to be a team with too many holes to consider this risky of a move, but with five picks in the first three rounds and a potentially huge hole at left tackle with Jake Long set for unrestricted free agency, Miami might consider a deal.
San Francisco 49ers (First pick, No. 31 overall): With 15 picks to play with and way too talented a roster to fit that many rookies, the 49ers are in a unique position to gamble should they fall in love with a prospect. A talented defensive lineman to complement Justin Smith would make sense.
St. Louis Rams (First round picks, Nos. 16 & 22): As the only team with two first-round picks in this year's draft, the Rams are also in position to gamble should they fall in love with a player. General manager Les Snead showed guts a year ago in trading out of the No. 2 overall pick and helped engineer the aggressive trade up a few years ago to land wideout Julio Jones when he worked in Atlanta.