Over the weekend the Cleveland Browns made overtures to the St. Louis Rams, who own the number one overall pick in this years draft, about moving up to the top spot. It's believed the Browns are reportedly trying to snag Oklahoma Quarterback Sam Bradford.
Right now it's believed that the Rams are willing to listen to offers. One of the primary reasons they may pass on Bradford is the $80 million price tag his agent, Tom Condon, has been floating around to any team that wants to take him in the top five on Thursday night.
So how does that impact the Kansas City Chiefs?
Per our spies the Chiefs are shopping the fifth overall pick to a host of teams that include the Browns, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars, who each want a quarterback. It appears that Notre Dame Quarterback Jimmy Clausen, will be on the board when the Chiefs are on the clock at number five and after his stellar workout in early April, teams are lining up to snag him since it appears Bradford will be long gone by then.
The Chiefs have a plethora of needs along the offensive and defensive line, as well as the need for an impact linebacker and a speedy wide receiver, so it's easy to assume they would be willing to make some deals to gain more draft picks.
Currently the Chiefs roster is depleted of depth and the team didn't break the bank signing veteran free agents in March; so they're committed to building through the draft. In order to do that, Warpaint Illustrated has learned they may be willing to send their first round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles.
According to our NFL Source, the Eagles and Chiefs have been discussing a trade over the weekend that would allow the NFC East team to move up into the fifth position so they could select Tennessee Safety Eric Berry. Per our source, Philadelphia believes he's the missing piece to their defensive woes of a year ago.
If this deal went down, the Chiefs could cash in on the Eagles war chest of draft picks. They have multiple picks in rounds two, three, four and seven.
There isn't any question that if the trade was consummated, that the Chiefs and Eagles would swap first round picks with the Chiefs sliding nineteen spots down to #24 and the Eagles getting the coveted fifth pick. In addition, the Chiefs would hope to acquire both of the Eagles second round picks #37 & #55.
However, we've been told that the Eagles are reluctant under any circumstances to give up the 37th pick they acquired from the Washington Redskins for quarterback Donovan McNabb. That still could work to the Chiefs benefit.
Either way the question that Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli must ask himself is what compensation is fair if they're going slide down nineteen spots in Round one and who would they be giving up if they didn't trade their first round pick.
For the Chiefs, if they swung a deal that would give them extra picks in rounds, two, three or four, they would certainly miss out on their top target in round one, Alabama Linebacker Rolando McClain. But they may be lucky enough to get Tennessee Defensive Tackle Dan Williams with the 24th pick if he should slide. If not defensive tackle Terrance Cody from Alabama may also be available or Rutgers left tackle Anthony Davis may still be on the board.
Either way the Chiefs could solve a lot of needs in the second round by adding a starting left tackle, slot wide receiver and an athletic inside linebacker. If they can get both of the Eagles second round picks (which is unlikely), the extra selection could garner them a very talented young safety.
Another jewel of this potential trade, could also land the Chiefs Baltimore Ravens left tackle Jared Gaither, who some believe will be shipped to either the Chiefs or Dallas Cowboys before Friday's second round begins.
So what will the Chiefs do?
Don't be shocked if the Chiefs trade out of the fifth spot.
If the Eagles are as focused on acquiring Berry as we've been told, and IF Pioli can actually pull the trigger on a big trade (unlike a year ago when he turned down a mega-deal from the Detroit Lions to move out of the three spot), he might get the Eagles to overpay for the opportunity to select Barry.
Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated for all the pre-draft news surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs.
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