From the Truman Sports Complex

9:30 p.m. – Every team has a trade value chart for draft picks and they vary from team to team. But a popular one that’s been used for years, and in the past has been used by the Chiefs under Carl Peterson, had the 21st choice worth 800 points. The combination of the 27th and 70th selections are worth 920 points. So the Browns paid a premium to move up.

9:15 p.m. – Chiefs have traded down from the No. 21 slot to pick No. 27 from Cleveland, who got that pick in an earlier trade with Atlanta. The Chiefs picked up the
Browns third round pick (70). Cleveland drafted Baylor DT Phil Taylor, and on the next pick Indianapolis drafted OT Anthony Castonzo.

8:50   p.m. – With OT Nate Solder going to the Patriots, these guys are still on the board with just three picks ahead of the Chiefs – OT Castonzo and Carimi, LB Ayers, NT Liuget and Taylor and DE Clayborn.

8:40 p.m. – Too bad Mike Pouncey went to the Dolphins on pick No. 15. He would have been a perfect choice to fill one of the biggest needs the Chiefs have on their roster among the interior linemen.  You can bet the Chiefs were interseted, but that would have been a jump of six spots, and that would likely have cost them their second or third round pick.

8:20 p.m. – The QB stampede continued as the Vikings grabbed Christian Ponder and now four of the first dozen choices in this year’s draft have gone to that position. There will be at least two more in the round – TCU’s Andy Dalton and Arkansas’s Ryan Mallett.

8:10 p.m. – The first 11 selections have not changed at all the pool of players the Chiefs expected to see for pick No. 21. The only “reach” so far was Tennessee grabbing QB Jake Locker far earlier than he was rated. But the Chiefs were not going to consider Locker at No. 21 anyway.

8:02 p.m. – Now that qualifes as a big surprise …  Jacksonville traded up six spots to grab Blaine Gabbert. I didn’t see that one coming and don’t remember seeing any mention in the last month that the Jaguars were seriously considering a quarterback. It cost them their second round choice to get the chance at Gabbert. I’m sure they were worried about the Vikings at No. 11 and Dolphins at No. 15. Both need quarterbacks.

7:50 p.m. – What a great package that landed in the lap of Mike Holmgren and the Cleveland Browns. They are sitting their with the sixth pick of the draft and all the sudden Altanta’s calling and offering a first, second and fourth this year and a first and fourth next year to move up from No. 27 to No. 6. So the Browns went from one pick to five picks all because they sucked so bad last year and they happened to be in the right place at the right time. You’ve gotta love the NFL Draft!

7:45 p.m. – We hit a surprise bump in the first round with the last two picks. What a culture shock for Aldon Smith going from Columbia, Missouri to San Francisco. And there’s his fellow Mizzou teammate Blaine Gabbert still sitting there as Tennessee selected Washington QB Jake Locker.

7:35 p.m. – Now that’s a gutsy move. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff pulls off a big trade with Cleveland, moving from No. 27 to No. 6 so they could get their hands on Julio Jones, the playmaking WR from Alabama. What a great Draft present for Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez. 

7:30 p.m. – First five picks and there really have been on surprises to what was projected befor hand- Newton/Miller/Dareus/Green and Arizona just drafted Patrick Peterson the corner out of LSU. Too good a pick to pass up. Cleveland is up and here’s where things could get interesting.

7:20 p.m. – We are flying through the start of this draft with Von Miller going to Denver and Marcell Dareus headed  to Buffalo and now A.J. Green going to Cincinnati. Miller is going to be a handful for the Chiefs to handle twice a year with the Broncos. Chiefs fans will get to see Dareus debut in the season opener at Arrowhead. I think the selection of Green by the Bengals confirms what we sensedd that Chad Ochocinco’s days with the River City are over.

7 p.m. – OK, so we’ve had kickoff and no surprise as the Carolina Panthers used the first choice of the draft to select Auburn QB Cam Newton. Now, the question is how hard will it be to get this guy signed? With no rookie salary scale in place YET, it may be messy. Selling tickets is what the Panthers were looking for as part of the package for making this pick.

5 Responses to “RUNNING THREAD FOR ROUND #1 -Chiefs Trade Down”

  • April 28, 2011  - el cid says:

    I believe the Belechik school of how to do it in the NFL lost a couple of hundred points in IQ with the Atlanta move. With everything going on in the courts and the potential to turn the NFL into MLB, Atlanta’s GM must figure this is the last draft in NFL history.

    Got to love the second pick, Miller, he is in court attacking the draft. How’s that for stones?

  • April 28, 2011  - Blake says:

    I love it, trade down 7 spots and pick up the a 3rd round pick!!! Sweet!!!

  • April 28, 2011  - Blake says:

    *6 spots

  • April 28, 2011  - Johnfromfairfax says:

    It seems the Ravens didn’t pull the plug in time and we actually moved to 26. We picked up Jon Baldwin from University of Pittsburgh. I watched this guy play in college and he’s an impact player. He’s a big body with soft hands who should be a good match with Bowe.

  • April 29, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    The whole “pass” thing is really weird… I guess everyone ended up getting what they wanted in the end and we got an extra pick from Cleveland on top of it.

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