There is not a person on Earth who could have foreseen the events that unfolded during the beginning of the 2022 NFL season. We witnessed franchise players, who we would have never predicted leaving their team, pack up their lockers and move on to new destinations. The NFL free agency period was set on Madden: Franchise Mode and superstars were signing with every other team. There is not a single person who could have predicted just how wild the start of the season would be.
This year’s theme should be “expect the unexpected!” With that in mind, we will offer three trades the Chiefs could do on draft night:
Chiefs trade 2022 first-round pick, 2022 fourth-round, and 2023 third-round pick swap to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Josh Allen, DE
Brett Veach vowed to overhaul the defensive line after watching his team squander a comfortable first-half lead against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game and lose the game in a nauseating fashion. The first move he made on defense was the hire of Joe Cullen, former Defensive Coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars, to become the defensive line coach for the Chiefs. With Cullen as his defensive coach, Josh Allen secured 7.5 sacks and a total of 71 tackles, 12 of them for a loss. He also had one interception.
Since joining the league in 2019, Allen has been one of the better defensive ends in the league. With Allen being a part of trade rumors since the Jaguars became more dysfunctional, they could look to collect more young draft assets and build upon their young roster. The Chiefs now have plenty of bargaining power in this year’s draft and could offer a deal the Jaguars cannot refuse. A player of Allen’s caliber would certainly demand a first-round pick. It would also take some other blend of picks to move Allen, but the Chiefs know that Allen would solidify the defensive line and give them a top ten line.
Chiefs trade up in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft to secure pick No. 17 and select Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Everyone knows exactly what Tyreek Hill brought to the Chiefs’ explosive offense. Hill possesses an unrivaled speed, and his route running is truly impeccable. His productivity cannot be duplicated with any one player, and the Chiefs’ brass knows that it will take a collective effort from various receivers with different skill-sets to nearly replicate the success the offense had with Tyreek. Even with adding Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdez-Scantling to pair with speedy Mecole Hardman, the Chiefs still lack a playmaker that can keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night.
It is believed that there will be a run of wide receivers in the early to middle parts of round one in this year’s draft. This would involve the Chiefs trading up to at least pick 17 to snag their guy. Many experts believe that Jameson Williams is one of the most explosive receivers in this year’s draft. In 2021, Williams gained 1,572 yards on 79 passes. In 15 starts, Williams caught 15 touchdowns before falling to injury and suffering an ACL tear against Georgia in the national title game.
His injury could drop his draft stock slightly, but his big-play ability and enticing long speed are enough to keep him from sliding very far. The Chiefs have the luxury to ease Williams back into the game and help him blossom into what the Chiefs’ offense is now missing. They also have the draft capital to pull this trade-off.
Chiefs trade 2022 first-round pick (No.29), 2022 fourth-round, and a 2023 second-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks for DK Metcalf, WR
It is no secret that the Chiefs are hunting for a superstar receiver to add to their wide receiver room. In free agency, the Chiefs tried to improve the talent at the position, finding some good players to add to the mix. Mecole Hardman can also come out of Hill’s shadow and now has a real chance to prove he belongs in the kingdom. Coming into the season, the Chiefs wanted to extend Tyreek Hill and keep him in Kansas City long-term, but Cheetah wanted top receiver pay, and rightfully so, he earned it. However, the Chiefs could not offer what Miami had to offer, and the rest is history.
Losing Tyreek Hill hurt, but the treasure haul that came with the trade opened many possibilities for the Chiefs to upgrade their roster. They now have the draft capital and salary cap to bring in a younger superstar to help unlock the offensive potential. To some people, trading Tyreek Hill for draft picks, to use those draft pick to trade for another wide receiver, might seem ludicrous. To others, it is a chance to trade off a player in his late 20s while there is still trade value and trading for a younger talented receiver that would instantly make everyone around him better.
With most of the elite wide receivers in the draft potentially gone by the time the Chiefs announce their first-round pick, the Chiefs make sure they get their game-changing wide receiver in DK Metcalf.
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