The last time we saw the Chiefs play football, we witnessed Buccaneers pass-rushers racking up hits, pressures, and sacks against Patrick Mahomes. A deflated group thanks to the injury bug, Kansas City didn’t offer much resistance to Tampa Bay’s defense.
So it should come as no surprise to see the Chiefs take a swing and connect on the best available offensive tackle on the market:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 23, 2021
Kansas City gets:
🏈 OT Orlando Brown
🏈 2021 second-round pick (No. 58)
🏈 2022 6th round pick.
🏈 2021 first-round pick (No. 31)
🏈 third-round pick (No. 94)
🏈 fourth-round pick (No. 136)
🏈 2022 fifth-round pick
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2021
That’s a whopper of a haul for the Ravens. And it had to be in order for them to trade Orlando Brown to the Chiefs.
Baltimore receivers the 31st, 94th, and 136th picks in the 2021 NFL Draft … and a fifth-rounder in 2022. And in return, Kansas City gets Brown, the 56th overall pick, and a sixth-rounder in 2022. It’s always fun to sort through moving draft pieces, but Brown is the big-ticket item here.
Brown, 24, is a two-time Pro Bowler. And while a right tackle by trade, Brown showed out as a left tackle in 2020 after Ronnie Stanley was ruled out with a season-ending injury. Brown’s thriving at the position brought to light his desire to move from the right side to the left. And in the process, getting the ball rolling on making his way out of town. Now that has been settled, the next step in the process is for Brown and the Chiefs to come to a long-term extension. Only then, will KC be fully comfortable with the trade haul it sent to Baltimore for Brown.
In the meantime, I’m sure they’re plenty happy with their new left tackle and are thrilled not to hope a stud falls to them at the end of the first round. So while the rich get richer, Bears fans who were holding out hope the team could unexpectedly take advantage of this situation and make a run at Brown, are left to re-focus their energy on potential first-round tackles. It’s not as if there are a shortage of possibilities who possess major upside.