When the NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, there could be plenty of action throughout the first round. Could the Kansas City Chiefs be one of the teams moving their pick?
If the Chiefs choose to move up, there were rumblings it might be for Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill.
However, according to Sporting News, it’s USC T Matt Kalil that could be the player GM Scott Pioli moves up to grab.
If Kalil isn’t selected by the Vikings, our sources tell us the Chiefs (who own the 11th overall pick) will attempt to trade up to obtain him. Kansas City recently signed former Texan Eric Winston to play right tackle and have 2008 first-round pick Branden Albert at left tackle. Albert is solid but not great and has only one year remaining on his contract. In 2012, Kalil could take over at left tackle, which would allow the Chiefs to move Albert to guard.
Once Winston was brought to town, it all but put to bed the talk of Kansas City drafting a tackle in the first round and for good reason.
Albert was better than solid last season and there’s no reason to move him back to guard, where he played in college. It’s nice to assume you can throw guys all along the line without an issue, but it’s not quite that simple.
That’s not to say Kalil isn’t a fantastic prospect. It just doesn’t make sense giving up assets to move up for a position that isn’t screaming for an upgrade. The only way it would be a fit is if Pioli was already committed to moving on from Albert after this season when he’s a free agent.