The NFL draft isn’t just about teams adding a new wave of prospects and potential franchise saviors to the roster; it’s also about using draft capital to acquire veteran talent via trade who can put clubs over the top in their hunt for a Super Bowl.
We’ve seen it as recently as last year when the Bears traded this year’s first-round pick for Khalil Mack and the Cowboys did the same for Amari Cooper. While those trades happened before and during the season, trades often occur in the run-up to the draft and on draft weekend, too.
One big name who could potentially be had via trade this year is Chiefs pass-rusher, Dee Ford. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Kansas City is dangling Ford for a second-round pick, a price tag that feels like a bargain for defenses in need of a double-digit sack artist.
Ford won’t come cheap, however. He’s been slapped with the franchise tag and is due $15.433 million in 2019 if a long-term extension can’t be reached. That said, if a team is going to trade for Ford, a long-term contract will likely be a variable in getting a deal done.
Ford had a monster season in 2018 when he registered 13 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and 55 tackles. Production like that, for what would amount as a team’s second-round pick, is too good to pass up.