Chiefs' draft options if Curry's gone

March, 10, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs may have a draft issue brewing.

 
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  With Aaron Curry's stock going through the roof, the Chiefs may have to explore other options at No. 3.

Aaron Curry may be getting too hot. The Wake Forest linebacker is shooting up NFL draft boards so fast, he may be gone by the time the Chiefs pick at No. 3. Many mock drafts have the Chiefs pegging Curry. And it makes perfect sense.

He is considered the best defensive prospect available in an offense-heavy top of the draft and the Chiefs' primary needs are on defense. Curry would be an instant starter at linebacker and he would help the Chiefs in both passing and running defense immediately.

Still, will the Chiefs get a chance to draft him? This story suggests Detroit could take Curry with the No. 1 overall pick. If that happens, what should the Chiefs do?

They do have other needs, but defense is their biggest need area and no defensive player other than Curry is clearly worth the No. 3 pick. If Curry is off the board when Kansas City picks at No. 3 on April 25, here are some other options:

Take an offensive lineman: There are several solid tackles available. The Chiefs drafted Branden Albert with the No. 15 pick last season. He could move from left tackle to right if the right player is brought in. Kansas City could be tempted to take a tackle and have two bookend offensive line anchors for the next 10-12 years. Tackles that could interest Kansas City could include Baylor's Jason Smith and Virginia's Eugene Monroe.

Take Michael Crabtree: He could be tempting, too. Crabtree would make a nice pair with Dwayne Bowe and give quarterback Matt Cassel two legitimate stud receivers to work with.

Take a defensive player: These might be reaches. Taking Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo, Boston college defensive tackle B.J. Raji or Florida State Everette Brown may be too high at No. 3.

Trade the pick: This leads us to perhaps Kansas City's most intriguing option if Curry is off the board at No. 3. The Chiefs could possibly take advantage of a team with a top-10 pick that wants to move up. That way, Kansas City could get one of the top defensive players on the board without overpaying for him and getting more draft picks in exchange. The Chiefs don't have a second-round pick because they traded it to New England for Cassel and Mike Vrabel. So Kansas City could be excited by this option.

The draft ebb and flow will likely change dramatically in the next six-plus weeks but right now the possibility of Curry being off the board when Kansas City picks is very real.

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ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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