The Kansas City Chiefs only made one draft day trade and received a “C+” grade from your benevolent dictator. All teams start with an average “C” grade and then need to impress me in order to move up. Needless to say, I was slightly pleased with what the Chiefs did here.
The Chiefs moved up five spots in the second round from No. 61 to No. 56 in order to add wide receiver Mecole Hardman. They traded away the No. 167 pick (5th Rd.) in order to trade up and land their guy. While I’m generally a “trade down” guy as evidenced by my role as dictator of Trade Down Island, I don’t mind teams giving up a late pick to move up and land a stud prospect earlier in the draft. As I state in Article 8 of TDI’s Glorious Constitution, “Picks in Rounds 5-7 rarely yield value, so use these to trade up for studs this year or a better pick next year.” The Chiefs followed this line of thinking when drafting Hardman. Over time we will need to see what is more valuable, Mecole Hardman (who the Chiefs drafted) by himself or the combination of Taylor Rapp and Clayton Thorson (who became the picks the Chiefs traded away). For now, I’m fine with the Chief’s strategy.
Overall the Chiefs net trade rating is a +22 based on the Dallas Draft Value Chart, meaning they got back a little more draft value than they traded away. I’m on the same page with the chart on this one.