According to reports on NFL.com, the Kansas City Chiefs are willing to trade the number one pick in the 2013 NFL draft. It's a move new head coach Andy Reid and new general manager John Dorsey should make.
The Chiefs biggest need is at quarterback, however, there isn't a consensus top pick at the position. Geno Smith is probably the closest, but the field becomes considerably weaker after him. The Chiefs shouldn't use a bargaining chip as valuable as the draft's top pick on a player who doesn't merit it.
There's also the fact that any team coming off a 2-14 campaign and having made the playoffs just once in six years, has more than one need. The Chiefs need help along both the offensive and defensive lines.
Fortifying the trenches should be the first place Reid begins rebuilding the Chiefs. More importantly, the Chiefs do have options in the trade and free agent markets, to pursue a pro-ready quarterback.
There have already been rumours of Reid trading for his former Philadelphia Eagles backup Nick Foles. The idea has some merit, although it remains to be seen how Chiefs fans would feel about trading for another backup, after the failings of the Matt Cassel deal.
Similarly, NFL.com's Marc Sessler has also reported that Seattle Seahawks backup Matt Flynn could be available for trade. Flynn flopped as a prized free agent last season, but he has experience in the type of West Coast offense Reid loves to run.
Then there is the San Francisco 49ers' forgotten man, Alex Smith. Usurped by Colin Kaepernick, Smith has plenty of starting experience and is also versed in the intricacies of West Coast schemes.
Of course many in Kansas City may feel that none of this trio represent significant upgrades over Cassel. However, Reid is a quarterbacks coach and could coax good production from any of these signal callers in the right system.
That would leave the Chiefs free to execute a trade and stockpile picks to fix multiple areas of weakness. They should target the strength of this year's class, the lines. The 2013 crop is deep at defensive tackle, a position the Chiefs must fix if their 3-4 defense is ever going to work.
The likes of Star Lotulelei and Sharrif Floyd, could be an ideal selection to strengthen a soft front. Reid also needs to boost the power and quality along the interior of his offensive line. Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper are both dominant guards who would be major assets to star running back Jamaal Charles.
Reid could also need help at offensive tackle, if the team can't retain Branden Albert in free agency. Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel is a dominant edge-blocker who could be a linchpin foe Reid's revamped offense.
Many assume the Chiefs problems at quarterback are so deep they simply can't afford to ignore Smith. Reid and Dorsey should use that assumption to create firm interest in the number one pick.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are picking second and have equal, if not greater problems at quarterback. The Buffalo Bills own the eighth pick and could also be interested, as they seek a more dynamic leader than Ryan Fitzpatrick.
In the lead up to the 2013 draft, the Chiefs can't allow themselves to be forced into rash action because of their need under center. If they can find a trade partner, the Chiefs should deal this year's top pick and give themselves a better chance of finally building a sustained winner.849235