Chiefs willing to deal No. 1 pick
INDIANAPOLIS — New Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey has a message for any team interested in the No. 1 overall pick: Come and get it.
Dorsey said that he will examine all avenues with the 2013 NFL Draft’s top selection, including dealing it away.
“It’s a very unique situation … if anyone wants to come up, they’re more than welcome,” Dorsey said. “I’ll pick or trade it.”
The Chiefs, with Dorsey and new coach Andy Reid in place, could contemplate taking a quarterback with that top spot. Kansas City finds itself particularly devoid of elite talent at that position — Matt Cassel is a candidate to be released due to his hefty contract, while Brady Quinn is about to hit free agency.
West Virginia’s Geno Smith, Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib, USC’s Matt Barkley and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson are just a few of the names that could intrigue the Chiefs, but Dorsey said that the franchise’s process of evaluating the QB position is in its early stages. He added that the Chiefs expect to meet with six to eight quarterbacks during the combine process.
“We haven’t a had a chance to interview the quarterbacks as a group yet,” Dorsey said. “This is the first time we’ve really met these guys.”
What goes on in the next couple days at the NFL’s scouting combine and at ensuing pro days could play a big role in the Chiefs’ hopes of trading down. As the situation stands right now, there is a limited pool of prospects that would entice another team to make the leap to the front of the line.
The best hope for the Chiefs might be that the offensive tackle group continues to emerge — right now, Luke Joeckel is an odds-on favorite to go No. 1, with Eric Fisher not far behind. One of a bevy of pass-rushers could help Kansas City’s cause, too, by separating himself from the pack in the coming weeks.
And if no takers emerge on the trade market, Dorsey said he’s confident that the Chiefs will find a guy worth the draft’s top spot.
“We’ll explore,” Dorsey said, “and find the best option for the Kansas City Chiefs.”