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NFL Draft 2012: Chiefs Declined Trading Down Twice In First Round

As the 2012 NFL Draft unfolded in the first round last night, it seemed the trading frenzy would continue for the entire round after the first several picks rushed by in a frenzy. Given the history of trading around the draft with Scott Pioli, the Chiefs seemed the prime candidates to join in and play along by moving down to add additional selections. However the team stood pat and took Dontari Poe, the defensive tackle from Memphis. It seemed that the Chiefs didn't have the chance to move down after all.

However, Josh Looney has the word from the Kansas City Chiefs main web site that the team did in fact have two such opportunities. They just decided not to. The chances of missing out on the one player they wanted most at that position was too much risk to consider, so the team decided to stay put.

"Part of what goes into the draft is strategy in trying to understand what the other teams are going to do," Pioli said. "We never know exactly what they are going to do, but we didn't want to take the risk of losing out on this player."

While fans would have loved another choice, the impact of Poe over the long haul might prove to be the right non-move in time. It's easy to get caught up in moving down and adding choices, but at some point, those picks have to become players. If the team had its heart set on one in particular, then there's no reason to move at all.

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