Latest Chiefs draft rumors: Trading up to help Patrick Mahomes in play

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

The Kansas City Chiefs could make a play to move up in the NFL Draft to pick up more wide receiver help for Patrick Mahomes.

Ever since the Chiefs traded Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins the team has had to contend with questions about Patrick Mahomes’ supporting cast for 2022.

They’ve added JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marques Vasquez-Scantling in free agency. They’ll also have Travis Kelce back with Mecole Hardman eyeing a greater role. Still, they might not be done adding pass catchers to the mix knowing there’s really no one way to replace Hill.

Bob Fescoe of Fescoe In the Morning spoke about a rumor concerning the Chiefs and a coveted wide receiver in the 2022 draft class.

Latest Chiefs draft rumors: Trading up to help Patrick Mahomes in play

“I got a call last night from somebody who floated this rumor out that they heard about the Chiefs,” Fescoe said on 610 Sports Radio. “And it was that the Chiefs trading both 1’s and their second-round picks — whether it’s 40 or 50, depending on how high they want to move up — to get to around Top 5 in the Draft.

“Now to get to Top 5 in the Draft, they would have to trade their two 1’s and that first second-round pick. If they want to get to 7-8 in the Draft, they can trade their two 1’s and their second second-round pick and move up to there.

“And the target, from what I heard yesterday, appears to be Garrett Wilson, the wide receiver out of Ohio State.”

The Chiefs have the No. 29 and 30 picks in the first round along with the No. 50 and 62 picks in the second round. One from each round is courtesy of the trade with Miami.

If Wilson is the guy they want, they will have to move up considerably to pursue him. Mock drafts from CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson, Chris Trapasso, Josh Wilson and Kyle Stackpole have Wilson taken as the top wide receiver. Three of those don’t have him getting past the Falcons at No. 8.

The hard part is finding a trade partner willing to move back that far. The Giants and Jets each have two picks in the first 10 selections, so perhaps they’d be willing to part with one of them. The Panthers need a quarterback at No. 6. The Falcons may want Wilson themselves.

If Wilson isn’t the do-or-die target, moving up into the middle of the first round could still be wise. There doesn’t seem to be much to separate the top wide receiver prospects including Wilson, his Ohio State teammate Chris Olave, Alabama’s Jameson Williams and USC’s Drake London. An exciting upgrade to KC receiving corps should be available.

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