NFL Draft 2013: Chiefs are 'begging' to get out of 1st pick

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs would reportedly like to get rid of the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft, as they're telling everyone who will listen that they're open to trades.

The Kansas City Chiefs earned the top spot in the NFL Draft with their 2-14 record last season. The front office would like pass along that privilege to some other team; Mike Freeman of CBS writes that the Chiefs are "begging" for the opportunity to move the pick.

It's no surprise that the Kansas City Chiefs are open to trades for the No. 1 pick. They've already traded for a quarterback in Alex Smith. The near-consensus best player available, Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, doesn't seem to be inspiring huge amounts of excitement in Kansas City, especially since Branden Albert has been a solid option for them at the position ever since they used a first-round pick on him in 2008.

It is a little bit surprising how open they seem to be about it. Andy Reid said the team was open to it all the way back in February, and GM John Dorsey made similar statements a few weeks ago. But that's nothing compared to all the rumors of behind-the-scenes machinations trying to trade the pick. For what it's worth, Dan Kadar of Mocking the Draft said moving the pick was a "dream scenario" when he analyzed the Chiefs' choices in February.

No team has traded a No. 1 pick since 2004 when the Chargers traded Eli Manning to the Giants, but that was a different scenario, as Manning had publicly stated he wouldn't play for the Chargers. Despite the ultimatum, they were still able to get a good haul for him - the fourth pick in that draft, Phillip Rivers, as well as first and third-round picks in 2005. The Rams were able to get an arm and a leg from the Redskins for the second pick and RGIII in last year's draft, receiving last year's No. 6 pick and a second-rounder as well as first-round picks in this upcoming draft and in 2014. However, those trades were both for franchise-caliber quarterbacks, something this class has a dearth of.

It's worth noting there's also talk about the Chiefs moving Albert for a second-round pick and selecting Joeckel for the then-vacant left tackle spot. Its likely that whether or not they can trade Albert will have a major impact on the decision they make.

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