Coming into the 2017 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs had traded up just two times in the four previous years under general manager John Dorsey.
In 2014, Dorsey traded up for offensive lineman Zach Fulton in the sixth round, and in 2015, Dorsey traded up for receiver Chris Conley in the third round.
There was a little more wheeling and dealing this year.
Dorsey and the Chiefs traded up more over the past few days than they had in the four previous drafts' combined.
Dorsey traded up three different times for players this year—once on Thursday, once on Friday and then again on Saturday.
Nobody should be surprised Dorsey was aggressive with these moves because he clued us into this as a possibility when he spoke to the media last week.
"I like to have a lot of picks because you can do a lot of things with a lot of picks," Dorsey told the media last Friday.
He wasn't kidding.
Heading into this draft, there were questions as to whether or not a roster as strong as what the Chiefs currently have right now would even be able to add 10 additional players.
That question was answered.
The Chiefs began this draft with 10 total selections and walked away with six new players.
Here's a quick breakdown of the trades the Chiefs made this year to move up:
The Chiefs got their quarterback, selecting Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes II
The Chiefs add an ultra-productive running back, selecting Toledo's Kareem Hunt
The Chiefs move up for Michigan receiver Jehu Chesson
Other interesting draft trade notes:
- Dorsey has now traded up five times in five drafts as general manager of the Chiefs, and it's always been for an offensive player (Fulton, Conley, Mahomes, Hunt, Chesson).
- There was a total of 42 draft day trades in 2017, and 28 of them were focused on teams coming up for an offensive player (or offensive player was traded).
These players, along with many others who will be signed as free agents or invited on a tryout basis over the next few days, will head to Kansas City later this week to take part in the team's rookie minicamp, which begins on Friday. The player's first practice will be Saturday afternoon.