Trade to help Patrick Mahomes in the game

The Kansas City Chiefs could be looking to move up in the NFL draft to get more wide receiver help for Patrick Mahomes.

Since the Chiefs sold Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins, the team has grappled with questions about Patrick Mahomes’ supporting cast for 2022.

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

Fescoe In the Morning’s Bob Fescoe opened up about a rumor about the Chiefs and a coveted wide receiver in the 2022 draft class.

Latest Chiefs draft rumors: Acting to help Patrick Mahomes in the game

“I got a call last night from someone spreading this rumor that they heard about the Chiefs,” Fescoe said on 610 Sports Radio. “And it was like the Chiefs were trading both 1s and their second-round picks — whether it’s 40 or 50, depending on how high they want to go — to get around the top 5 in the draft.

“To get into the top 5 in the draft now, they’d have to swap their two A’s and their second-round first pick. If they want to draft 7-8, they can swap their two A’s and their second pick from round two and move up there.

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

The Chiefs have first-round picks of #29 and #30, and second-round picks of #50 and #62. One from each round comes from the Miami trade.

If Wilson is the guy they want, they’re going to have to move up significantly to pursue him. Mock drafts by CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson, Chris Trapasso, Josh Wilson and Kyle Stackpole have made Wilson the top wide receiver. Three of those won’t let him get past the Falcons in 8th place.

The hard part is finding a trading partner willing to go that far back. The Giants and Jets each have two picks in their first 10 selections, so they might be willing to part with one of them. The Panthers need a quarterback at No. 6. The Falcons might want Wilson themselves.

If Wilson isn’t the ultimate target, moving up to mid-round one might still be wise. There doesn’t seem to be much to separate the top wide receiver prospects, which include Wilson, Ohio State teammate Chris Olave, Alabama’s Jameson Williams and USC’s Drake London. An exciting KC Reception Corps upgrade should be available. Trade to help Patrick Mahomes in the game

John Verrall

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