The Kansas City Chiefs are without a first-round draft pick again after trading pick No. 31 to acquire Orlando Brown Jr. from the Baltimore Ravens.
This is the third time that general manager Brett Veach will be without a first-round draft pick. In 2018, the Chiefs had surrendered their first-rounder as a part of the Patrick Mahomes trade. In 2019, the Chiefs sent their first-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks for Frank Clark. In 2020, Veach made his first-ever pick in the first round, adding RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire at pick No. 32.
Being without a first-round draft pick always begs the question: Should the team make a trade to acquire one?
The first round is generally where the most impactful players are found. It feels like that will be truer with a draft class that has an unusually small pool of players.
Kansas City has the draft capital in 2021 to move back into the later half of the first round. Taking a look at our handy trade value chart and the Chiefs have 205 points worth of value with all of their remaining picks. That’s roughly the equivalent of the No. 28 overall pick in the draft.
If the team does want to get back into the first round they might need to dip into their future draft capital. Right now, 2022 picks are considered significantly more valuable because the draft pool is expected to be three times that of this season. NFL clubs also expect to have a more traditional pre-draft process, with a combine, medical checks, top-30 visits and where more information about prospects is readily available.
So what do you think, Chiefs Kingdom? Should the Chiefs go all-in and trade to acquire a 2021 first-round draft pick? Be sure to vote in the poll at the top of the page and let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter.