Who hasn't been linked to the third overall pick? Before they signed Matt Cassel, Mark Sanchez was a safe bet. After that, Aaron Curry was believed to be the choice until teams reportedly viewed him as a greater threat as a 4-3 OLB. Eugene Monroe has spent some time pinned with Kansas City in the mock drafts and now Tyson Jackson is the flavour of the month. We haven't even started talking about the possibility of trading down...
They traded Tony Gonzalez to Atlanta yesterday for a 2010 second round pick. Pioli appointed Todd Haley as head coach after a successful run to the Super Bowl in charge of Arizona's offense. Based around a dominant passing game involving three great receivers (Fitzgerald, Boldin, Breaston) could Pioli look to create a similar situation by adding Michael Crabtree to Dwayne Bowe and Bobby Engram?
The Chiefs have too many holes on both sides of the ball to be too cute in round one. A lot of the talk right now has Tyson Jackson going to KC. I understand the logic - switching to a 3-4 defense when you inherit a team that has been drafting for the 4-3 for years isn't ideal. Getting guys in quickly to fit your scheme makes sense. Here's my problem - Jackson had only four sacks at LSU in 2008 and three sacks in 2007. The potential shown in his sophomore campaign (8 sacks, 1 interception) never really developed and he had eleven games without a sack last year. A few weeks ago, he was considered a border line first round pick. Going third overall would net him a contract close to Chris Long's $56.5m with $29m guaranteed.
If they can trade down, Jackson comes into play. Do you really draft this guy at #3 though just because of the scheme logic? Seattle will hope that could be the case. That would push Aaron Curry, Michael Crabtree and Mark Sanchez into their path, allowing them to entertain trades for teams searching out Sanchez or getting an impact player. That's the perfect scenario for the Seahawks.
I think any hopes Seattle has of trading their #4 pick will be undercut by Kansas City. They are likely to accept anything the Seahawks will to move down and although the cost may be marginally higher, a team can guarantee they get their guy. If Pioli is going to take Tyson Jackson anyway, he may feel obliged to move down for a bargain price avoiding the heavy cost and getting an extra pick or two.
The only thing blocking this is the general infrequency of trades this high on the board. Kansas City could be stuck with their choice and however much Pioli wishes to move down he may have no choice but to call the pick. If that is the case, he could look passed Tyson Jackson and try to get an impact player. Someone who isn't the perfect scheme fit, but justifies the bigger contract. This would bring Curry and Crabtree into play, again cutting into Seattle's possible wish list.
Whatever the Seahawks are planning to do in the first round, whether it's a trade down or selecting from Curry, Crabtree or Sanchez - what the Kansas City Chiefs do at number three will dictate their ability to do it. Don't be surprised if there's a few disappointed faces in the Seahawks war room when the Chiefs show their hand on Saturday.