Chiefs Could Consider WR Cordarelle Patterson with Top Pick

Posted: March 3, 2013 in Draft, NFL, Sports
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The Alex Smith trade has really boosted the buzz surrounding the Chiefs and more specifically what they may do with the number 1 overall pick. As it stands now Branden Albert is in talks with the team and seems interested in staying (so long as he stays at LT) assuming a deal gets done, Luke Joeckel is out of the equation with the top pick. The Chiefs other top free agent is Dwayne Bowe, who still has one more day to be slapped with the franchise tag for the second year in a row. Bowe wasn’t pleased to get the tag last year and I doubt he will be this year, but as far as I know, talks on a long term deal aren’t going anywhere. Seems like Bowe wants out and if KC had another option they’d let him walk, or at least test free agency.

This would leave WR as a pretty big weakness for the Chiefs, but Andy Reid put together some of his best seasons in Philly with questionable talent at receiver (remember Hank Baskett?) Still, they’ll need someone to line up opposite Jon Baldwin and Cordarelle Patterson could make sense. He’s an explosive playmaker, who can contribute in the return game. (who’s similar in build and playing style to boy per cbssports.com’s scouting report) He’s still raw after only 1 year playing at Tennessee, and though he’s often listed as the best receiver available, he’s generally considered a low end top 10 overall prospect. It’s not the ideal situation for KC, but it could free up cap space and allow the Chiefs to add one of the free agent cornerbacks (which could eventually include current Eagle Nnamdi Asomougha) to pair with Brandon Flowers, and maybe add a few of Alex Smith’s old teammates with WR Ted Ginn and DE/DT Ricky-Jean Francios who are both set to become free agents and may not be retained by San Francisco.

Ideally, the Chiefs would like to trade the pick if they resign Albert, hopefully shop it to a team that’s needy along the O-Line, possible the Cardinals (7) or Dallas (18) who could both use their draft picks but might be willing to surrender a mid-rounder to move up and secure their line with the best prospect available rather tahn waiting to see who falls to them.

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