KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs moved out of the first round Thursday night by trading the 28th overall pick and a seventh-round pick (249th overall) to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 49ers’ second- (37th overall), fourth- (105th overall) and sixth-round pick (178th overall).
“We thought it best within the organization to move back to acquire some picks because as we target this thing, we think the true depth of this draft lies in between the second, the third and the fourth round itself,” general manager John Dorsey said. “There were some options that we had at times to go up, we had a lot of phones calls to go back. We felt at the end of the day when we measured everything, we thought this was strategically probably the best move for us moving forward.”
Dorsey said the decision was made as the draft board unfolded, adding there were two unnamed players he specifically focused on.
The general manager said not having a third-round pick did not play a role in his decision to make the trade. He also said the Denver Broncos trading up to No. 26 to select quarterback Paxton Lynch did not affect the trade.
With the move, the Chiefs now have two second-round picks, two fourth-round picks, two fifth-round picks and two sixth-round picks, giving the team a total of eight selections in the draft.
“There’s some good players, there’s some good players left right now,” Dorsey said. “And who’s to say I won’t take some of that stuff and move up right now as we speak. That’s the subtlety of it.”
The trade gives the Chiefs two picks within the top 60 players of the draft class, but the Kansas City still doesn’t have a third-round pick, which was forfeited after the NFL ruled the Chiefs violated the anti-tampering policy.
Nevertheless, the absence of a third-round selection doesn’t cause concern.
“I think I got a pretty good deal and I’m happy with that deal,” the general manager said.
The first round of the draft had some surprises, including offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil dropping out of the Top 10 after a video of him smoking through a gas mask made the rounds of social media before the draft started.
But Dorsey mentioned his bewilderment that a specific player is still available.
“Yeah, that Myles Jack is still on the board,” Dorsey said of the UCLA linebacker. “He’s a good football player and I’m sure he’ll go early tomorrow (Friday). There’s more probably things lingering than people realize. It’s not for his play on the field because he’s a wonderful player on the field. Let’s make no mistake.”
Meanwhile, the 49ers used the 28th pick acquired from the Chiefs on offensive guard Joshua Garnett out of Stanford.
The NFL Draft continues Friday with the second and third rounds, and then concludes Saturday with the fourth through seventh rounds.
* Acquired via trade with the San Francisco 49ers
* *Acquired via trade that sent safety Kelcie McCray to Seattle Seahawks in 2015
Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for The Topeka Capital-Journal and ChiefsDigest.com. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.