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Tyreek Hill's signature moment as a Kansas City Chief took place late in Super Bowl LIV. Trailing the 49ers by 10 points in the fourth quarter, Hill pulled down Patrick Mahomes' 44-yard pass on third-and-15. The catch spearheaded Kansas City's come-from-behind victory while giving Hill a permanent place in Chiefs lore. 

Two years have passed since Hill and the Chiefs reached the mountaintop, and while they looked like an up-and-coming dynasty then, Kansas City has come up short of their championship aspirations each of the past two years. If Hill's Super Bowl catch was his greatest moment in Kansas City, one of his lowest points was when he was denied the end zone on the final play of the first half in the Chiefs' overtime loss to the Bengals in this past year's AFC Championship Game. 

While still one of the NFL's best teams, the Chiefs have decided to reload their roster with an influx of young talent, and Hill -- by virtue of his trade to Miami on Wednesday for a boatload of draft picks -- will contribute to that reload. 

By trading Hill, the Chiefs now have a dozen picks in next month's NFL Draft, including two first-round picks (29 and 30), two second-round picks (50 and 62), two third-round picks (103 and 125), and two fourth-rounders (125 and 135). Three of those picks were sent from Miami as part of Wednesday's trade. 

The Chiefs may use their additional first-round pick to draft Hill's replacement. Look for Kansas City to trade away one of their first-rounders in order to move up in the first round. That would put them in position to acquire one of the draft's top prospects at receiver, a group that includes Ohio State's Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, USC's Drake London and Arkansas' Treylon Burks. 

Kansas City won't stop there, as one can expect that they will use subsequent picks to add to their receiving corps with the additional off-season losses of Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle. Along with adding to their receiving corps, the Chiefs will probably draft a running back and a tight end to complement Kelce and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The Chiefs can then use additional picks to shore up some of their other roster needs that includes pass rusher and free safety. 

Money was undoubtedly another reason why the Chiefs parted with Hill, who received a mammoth extension shortly after Wednesday's trade was completed. Given their financial commitment to Mahomes, Kansas City needs to be extremely smart as it relates to giving other players big contracts. As good as Hill is, the Chiefs ultimately decided to let another team pay him. 

With a slew of AFC teams making waves in free agency, the Chiefs' quest to win a second Lombardi during the Mahomes-Reid era is as tough as ever. Kansas City's counter to those moves wasn't the addition of star power. Instead, they decided to trade one of their own starts while putting themselves in position to build a young, deep roster around their future Hall of Fame quarterback. The next several years will ultimately determine whether or not the Chiefs' approach was a failure or a success.