Chiefs Had Opportunities To Trade Down

The 2012 NFL Draft kicked off Thursday with one of the craziest first rounds any of us have ever seen. 16 of the 32 picks were owned by more than one team. According to GM Scott Pioli, the Kansas City Chiefs had a chance to make it 17 with two trade offers on the table but held onto the pick.

“We felt that if we moved back a little too far, even though we were getting some extra currency in extra picks, we felt that (Dontari) was the right player for us. We didn’t want to move too far away from him and risk the chance of not being able to get him.”

And got him they did, giving the Kansas City Chiefs a legitimate young nose tackle prospect for the first time since Scott Pioli arrived in 2009. The question that obviously will need to be answered over the next few years is if the team would have been better served picking up more assets and falling back into the middle of the round.

For Pioli, getting an extra middle round pick wasn’t worth potentially losing the one guy he and head coach Romeo Crennel were focused on bringing to Kansas City.

“We never know exactly what they are going to do, but we didn’t want to take the risk of losing out on this player.”

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