The Kansas City Chiefs had a long list of needs heading into free agency and after losing far more than they’ve brought back, that list is even longer.
The area hit the hardest is the offensive line, where three linemen (including two starters) have bolted. While last year’s first overall pick Eric Fisher is set to step in for Branden Albert at tackle, there is a big question mark at guard, where starter Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah both hit the road.
Would the problems facing the Chiefs offensive line push GM John Dorsey to not only draft a guard, but actually trade up for one? SB Nation’s Matthew Fairburn seems to think so, as he projects the Chiefs will strike a deal with the Baltimore Ravens:
17. TRADE – Kansas City Chiefs (via Baltimore Ravens) – Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
Free agency wasn’t kind to Kansas City’s offensive line. The Chiefs now need multiple upgrades at offensive guard. With the Jets and Dolphins both possibly looking for offensive guards, the Chiefs may need to trade up to address the need. Xavier Su’a-Filo is the best guard in this class and worth trading up for. He moves well in space and has a lot of functional strength for the position.
I agree that Su’a-Filo is worth trading up for, but don’t think the Chiefs are the team to do it. Especially in this scenario, because LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. is still on the board and it’s hard to imagine Kansas City passing on the dynamic receiver.
The Chiefs will need to do some major work on the offensive line, but using their first round pick — plus the assets it would take to get a deal done — to do it doesn’t seem like a fit.