With the NFL Draft only a few days away, the rumors about teams’ plans will be flying like crazy. We obviously won’t know whether they’re true or not until after the draft, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pass along some of the reports until then.
For instance, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Chiefs will consider drafting a quarterback in the first round. Rapoport says the team’s negotiations with Alex Smith are not progressing well and they will work to keep their options open.
The thought that they might take a quarterback in the first round could be a leverage tactic from the team into scaring Smith’s camp into agreeing to a deal.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that he keeps hearing Derek Carr’s name in connection with the Chiefs. Though KC has the No. 23 overall pick, the more likely scenario would see them trading down for him. This would make much more sense to me; Andy Reid is known for taking quarterbacks after the first round in order to develop them, just like he did with Kevin Kolb and Nick Foles.