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4th & 1: Frank Clark trade doesn’t end Chiefs’ draft intrigue

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Posted at 4:50 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 17:50:37-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some of the excitement locally for the 2019 NFL Draft undoubtedly was zapped Tuesday when the Kansas City Chiefs traded away their first-round pick as part of the Frank Clark deal.

Barring a highly unlikely scenario in which the Chiefs trade up again, the club will be without a first-round pick for the third time in the last four seasons.

But that doesn’t mean there's a lack of intrigue, according to the “4th & 1” podcast crew.

Kansas City traded out of the first round in 2016 with San Francisco, selecting defensive lineman Chris Jones early in the second round.

The Chiefs traded away last year’s first-round pick as part of the deal with Buffalo to move up in 2017 and get Patrick Mahomes, a decision that seems to have worked out well.

This year, the Chiefs traded the No. 29 overall pick along with the lowest of two second-round picks in next year’s draft for Clark, a well-rounded and well-established defensive end viewed as ideal for new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme.

The teams also swapped third-round picks this season, bumping the Chiefs up from No. 92 to 84 overall.

The Seahawks had used the franchise tag on Clark — who reportedly signed a five-year deal worth $105.5 million, including $65 million guaranteed — while the Chiefs traded Dee Ford and released Justin Houston earlier in the offseason.

How will the Chiefs address other needs on the roster now?

[Nick Jacobs’ seven-round Chiefs mock draft]
[Tod Palmer’s seven-round Chiefs mock draft]

And how does the Clark trade impact the rest of the first round?

[Tod Palmer’s complete first-round mock draft]

The 4th & 1 crew has you covered there, too. But if you really want a deep dive, check out these position by position breakdowns.

[April 10 — Nick Jacobs: Best running back fits]
[April 11 — Nick Jacobs: Best wide receiver fits]
[April 12 — Nick Jacobs: Best tight end fits]
[April 15 — Nick Jacobs: Best interior offensive line fits]
[April 16 — Nick Jacobs: Best offensive tackle fits]
[April 17 — Nick Jacobs: Best edge rusher fits]
[April 18 — Nick Jacobs: Seven-round Chiefs mock draft, v 1.0]
[April 18 — Nick Jacobs: best defensive tackle fits]
[April 19 — Nick Jacobs: Best linebacker fits]
[April 22 — Nick Jacobs: Best cornerback fits]
[April 23 — Nick Jacobs: Best safety fits]

You can listen to the "4th and 1" podcast with Tod Palmer and Nick Jacobs on iTunes, Stitcher , Spotify , and TuneIn. You can also find Jacobs on twitter @Jacobs71.