The Kansas City Chiefs have the No.1 overall pick in next week’s NFL draft. The team has also indicated they would be willing to move left tackle Branden Albert if the price was right.
With the likelihood that Kansas City will select a left tackle with the first pick of the draft (either Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher are possibilities), the Chiefs could decide to trade Albert soon if they can find a willing partner.
That partner may very well be the Miami Dolphins. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Dolphins have inquired with the Chiefs about dealing for Albert. The Chiefs are supposedly seeking a high second round pick for Albert in order to trade him. The Dolphins have the 11th and 24th picks in the second round (No. 42 and No. 54 overall) and a hole at left tackle since Jake Long left in free agency to sign with the St. Louis Rams.
If the Chiefs know they will be picking a left tackle in next week’s draft, moving Albert now would seem to be a prudent move if they can get close to the compensation they are seeking. If Albert is no longer going to be a part of the team going forward, getting something in return of value would appear to be the right move to make.