The 2022 NFL Draft begins at 7 pm on Thursday, and the Kansas City Chiefs currently hold the 29th and 30th picks in the first round.
History suggests those selections won’t be made until after 10 pm, but Chiefs fans might want to tune in a little earlier.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported Tuesday the Chiefs are interested in trading up in the first round, perhaps more than once.
“(T)he Chiefs have started to call teams through the 20s about trading up,” Breer wrote. “It might be for a receiver. But I wouldn’t rule out an aggressive move for a corner or pass rusher either. And it’s possible Kansas City will jump from Nos. 29 or 30 up, 10 spots or so, then leap again.
“What seems certain is that GM Brett Veach won’t stay static. And part of that, for sure, is that the Chiefs probably don’t have room on their roster for 12 rookies to make the team.”
On Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported multiple teams in the top half of the first round were eager to move back. “So far, the interest in moving back in Thursday’s draft has greatly exceeded the interest in moving up,” Schefter reported.
That would seem to be a good sign for the Chiefs if they are indeed eager to move up in the opening round of the NFL Draft.
The Chiefs have been mentioned as having five possible trade partners. Here’s a closer look.
The NFL Network’s Cynthia Frelund outlined four “win-win” trades, and she thinks the Chiefs could be enticed to trade back.
Her trade proposal would have the Chiefs sending a first-round pick (No. 30) and a third-round selection (No. 94) to the Seahawks for one of Seattle’s second-round picks (No. 40), a third-rounder (No. 72) and a sixth-round pick in the 2023 draft.
Here is part of what Frelund wrote: “Kansas City, with its first-rounder (and the fifth-year option it comes with), has more leverage and could command a higher price than what I have proposed above, especially in the heat of the moment on Thursday. …
“After this trade, Kansas City holds five selections in the top 72, with all of them in that sweet spot my model identifies. They could use all five or bundle some of them together to target specific players at areas of need (WR or CB).”
The Cowboys blog, appropriately named Blogging The Boys, writes if Dallas wants to move back from the 24th overall spot, the Chiefs would be the first team to call.
“If one of the big-name WRs starts falling, the Chiefs shouldn’t be passive with the Packers, also desperate for a WR, picking at 28. They don’t have a lot of holes and thus they will prioritize Hill’s successor over Holding a lot of capital,” Aidan Davis writes.
And this trade is perfect for Dallas. In giving the Chiefs their pick at WR, they will likely move to either 29th or 30th. That puts them right in front of the Bengals, who still might try to give Joe Burrow more protection. The Cowboys could trade back with Kansas City, while potentially still getting their guy at offensive guard.
“And they will only be taking a sliver out of the stockpile of picks the Chiefs now have a post-Tyreek Hill trade. With five picks in the top-100 and another at 103, Kansas City has the capital to make this happen.”
Two Minnesota blogs (Vikings Territory and Daily Norsemen) have speculated about the team moving down from the 14th overall pick and both see the Chiefs as a prime trade candidate.
The Daily Norsemen projected the Chiefs sending four picks to the Vikings. It would be one in each of the first four rounds: No. 29, No. 50, No. 94 and No. 135.
Here is a snippet from Warren Ludford’s Daily Norsemen story: “One sign that the Vikings may be looking to trade down, and perhaps even have a framework for a deal in place, is that they haven’t met with any prospects likely to go around pick #12. To the extent they’ve met with first-round prospects, they’ve met with late-round ones. …
“Secondly, the Chiefs have met with (Alabama receiver) Jameson Williams, who has zero chance of being available for the Chiefs at #29 or #30.
“Interestingly, the current over/under draft slot for Williams is 12.5, with odds slightly favoring the under. … The Vikings pick at #12, so that over/under and odds would correspond with either the Vikings taking Williams at 12 (not a bad pick by any means) or the Vikings trading that pick to a team that does.”
Bears Digest writer Gene Chamberlain made a case for 10 potential trade partners in the draft, and the Chiefs were No. 1 on the list. Chicago doesn’t have a first-round pick, but holds a pair of second-round choices (Nos. 39 and 48).
Here is an excerpt from that story: “The Chiefs could target one of the Bears’ Round 2 picks because they have both 50 and 62 in Round 2, and they also have pick No. 94 in Round 3 and 103 as a special compensatory pick at the bottom of Round 3.
“The Chiefs also have the ability to close that fourth-round hole because they have picks 121 and 135 in Round 4.
“Kansas City is a contender and has a few needs it’s likely to address at the end of Round 1 with picks. The Chiefs can really get immediate fixes to continue their run of AFC title game appearances by trading up. It all makes sense if they deal with the Bears.”
New York Giants
A potential trade here wouldn’t involve the Chiefs moving up in the first round. Instead, they’d land a player in return.
Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reported the Chiefs had shown interest in a Giants player: cornerback James Bradberry.
“The Giants could package James Bradberry and/or Kadarius Toney in draft weekend trades,” Leonard wrote. “The Daily News reported during the NFL owners meetings that the Texans, Chiefs and Colts were the most likely landing spots in a Bradberry trade.”