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Chiefs Had "Dialogue" About Trading Up, Plus More Observations from Day 1

Here’s what stood out about Day 1 of the NFL Draft

There aren't a shortage of storylines following Day 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft. 

For instance—one team picked twice in the Top 5 for the first time in almost 20 years, the Edmunds' brothers of Virginia Tech became the first set of brothers to both be drafted in the first round in the history of the NFL, and the low-key effect of the Kansas City Chiefs' trade for Patrick Mahomes  last year was evident all throughout the first round.

The Buffalo Bills, who traded down last year so that the Chiefs could move up to select Mahomes 10thoverall, ended up trading upthis year for quarterback Josh Allen at No. 7.

"I think it was evident tonight that teams aren't going to wait around anymore and wait for next year," Chiefs general manager Brett Veach explained. "Some teams had opportunities last year to do it and they didn't, and you know maybe those teams didn't feel like it was the right thing to do, but I think those players showed all those guys—Mitch [Trubisky] played (with the Bears) and Deshaun [Watson] played (with the Texans) before he got hurt, and I think all the things that [Mahomes] had done in the preseason and that one start—that kind of stigma that guys are going to need a ton of time and let's just take the best player…

"I mean, you've got to get quarterbacks. You've got to be aggressive. You've to go up and make moves, and I think that was certainly evident tonight. It reaffirms everything you thought and believed in, and you know you're on the right path."

Speaking of trading up, Veach, who spoken often about being aggressive leading up to this year's draft, admitted that they had "dialogue" with teams from picks No. 27 to 31 in the first round about the possibility of moving up, but that it was never very close to coming to fruition. 

"If you were to ask me what the odds were of me getting into round one, I would've said very low," Veach explained. "It didn't mean I wasn't going to try. We certainly had dialogue, but again, it has to make sense for us both now, and in the future. 

"So, when you're talking about multiple picks or when you're talking getting into 2019 picks, it's something we weren't interested in doing."

The Chiefs have two second-round picks in 2019 after the Marcus Peters trade earlier this offseason. 

As it stands now, Veach is happy with where they sit with their draft board heading into Day 2.

"We feel pretty good about where the board is and how the numbers worked out," Veach noted. "They never work out exactly—you try to have kind of a ballpark in your mind about how the numbers are going to work out and where you're going to need to be in regards to the probability of guys being there, but we're right around that number. 

"I think that there are always different scenarios that could play out, but I think we're positioned to capitalize however it does play out."

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Veach, who said he'll be working with his staff "as long as it takes tonight," explained that he'll start getting calls tonight and into the morning with teams shopping the picks at the top of the second round. 

"There will be some initial dialogue tonight and tomorrow morning," Veach said. "Those teams that want to trade down will start shopping their offers. That's how the game is played. They are going to call teams, try to get an offer, then they will try shopping those offers. Just have to be sure of what you want and where you want to go, and if you want to stay put, you have to have guys in place that you'll take or have back up plans ready to trade back and acquire more picks."

As of right now, the Chiefs head into Friday with a second-round pick (No. 54 overall), and two third-round picks (No. 78, No. 86).

"We are building our team for the short and long-term," Veach concluded. "If all things are equal, we will lean towards where we feel this will help sooner rather than later, but they are going to have to be equal or close to being equal (value). You can't pass up good players."

Here are a few other quick-hitting observations from Thursday night:

-       Four quarterbacks went in the top 10 for the first time since 1949.

-       Tremaine (Bills) and Terrell Edmunds (Steelers) are the first pair of brothers to go in the first round of the same draft in NFL history. And in what was probably the coolest moment of the entire night—Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was seriously injured last year in a December game against the Bengals on Monday Night Football, walked across the stage to announce the pick. It had everyone feeling some kind of way.

-       Tremaine Edmunds also became the first teenager drafted since 2007, when the Houston Texans selected defensive tackle Amobi Okoye out of Louisville.

-       Three running backs were selected in the first round for the first time since 2012 (Saquon Barkley, Rashaad Penny, Sony Michel).

-       Cornerback Denzel Ward (Browns, No. 4) was the highest-picked defensive back since Charles Woodson in 1998 (4).

-       The Bills traded up twice—taking quarterback Josh Allen at No. 7 after giving the Buccaneers the No. 12, No. 53, and the No. 56 picks this year. They also traded up to select linebacker Tremaine Edmunds at No. 16, giving the Ravens the No. 22 and No. 65 overall picks. 

-       The AFC West was busy. The Broncos took North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb at No. 5, while the Oakland Raiders traded back from No. 10 to No. 15, picking up a third-round pick (No. 79 overall) in the process, and then took UCLA offensive tackle Kolton Miller with that pick. The Raiders then used that No. 79 pick they just got to trade with the Steelers for veteran receiver Martavis Bryant, who had 50 receptions for 603 yards and three touchdowns last year. Bryant is scheduled to be a free agent in 2019. Finally, the Chargers took Florida State safety Derwin James at No. 17. 

-       The only future first-round pick that was traded Thursday night was by the New Orleans Saints, who moved up from No. 27 to No. 14 to select UTSA edge rusher Marcus Davenport. The Saints sent the Packers the No. 27 pick, a 2019 first-rounder, and a fifth-rounder (No. 147 overall) this year as well. 

-       The Ravens were busy—trading back twice before moving up at the end of the first round. They traded the No. 16 pick and a fifth-round pick (No. 154) to Bills for the No. 22 pick and a third-round pick (No. 65). Then they traded the No. 22 pick and a sixth-round pick (No. 215) to the Titans for the No. 25 pick and a fourth-round pick (No. 125). They took South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst at No. 25. 

-       After all that wheeling and dealing, the Ravens then traded a second-round pick (No. 52), a fourth-round pick (No. 125), plus a 2019 second-rounder to the Eagles for the No. 32 pick and a fourth-rounder (No. 132). They then used the No. 32 pick—the last one in the first round—on Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.

-       And we also learned that former NFL receiver and current NFL Network analyst Steve Smith Sr., who made a "matriculate" comment on the broadcast, knows his Chiefs' history!

Whew, and that's just Day 1.

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