Ross Jackson

A History of Trading Down: 2016

Back with the 2016. Unfortunately though, there was only one example of a team trading out of the first round that year, but it’s an interesting one.

Chiefs trade back to add more picks

Chiefs trade to 49ers:

First-round pick (28th overall) (Joshua Garnett)


Seventh-round pick (249th) (Prince Charles Iworah)

Chief receive:

Second-round pick (37th)

Fourth-round pick (105th)

Sixth-round pick (178th)

The Chiefs brought in some extra picks and value in terms of draft position in this move. They only moved down nine spots from their original first-round pick. They also added a fourth and moved up from the seventh. Not at all a bad move before the picks are made. With those picks, Kansas City added Mississippi DT Chris Jones (37th), Cincinnati OG Parker Ehinger (105th), and Georgia Tech CB D.J. White (178th).

Chris Jones was the perfect pick at this spot for Kansas City, even if they didn’t know it yet. He had 2 sacks and 4 passes defended his rookie year as a rotational player on the defensive interior. He played in all 16 games. But the following offseason, Dontari Poe left Kansas City and signed with the Atlanta Falcons. This thrust Jones into a more present role on the defensive line and he sure made good use of it. Again, playing in all 16 games, he totaled 32 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and 7 passes defended with an INT. He filled in for the loss of Poe admirably until tearing a knee ligament in the Chiefs-Titans Wildcard game. A game in which he only played 20 snaps and Kansas City gave up 203 yards on the ground. He’s expected to be healthy before the offseason workouts begin. It’s no mystery that they’ll be glad to have him back.

Parker Ehinger was starting to look like a great NFL guard in Andy Reid’s defense in 2016. His ability to get around corners as a lead blocker in the run and screen games made him a great fit along the front five. He broke the starting lineup in the preseason of his rookie year and was a reliable surprise in Arrowhead. Unfortunately, Ehinger went down with a terrible knee injury against Indianapolis in week 8. His 2017 return was disappointing as he started the year in active and by the time he was a full participant in practices, was already replaced by Bryan Witzmann. Ehinger played in only the final game of 2017, where he played 67 offensive snaps and 5 special teams plays.

D.J. White appeared in 11 games in 2016, his rookie season. He recorded 11 tackles, 3 passes defended, and 1 INT. He didn’t play a single game in a Chiefs uniformed in 2017 and was waived by the team on 11/4. On 11/6 he was claimed by the Indianapolis Colts, where he played in two games and recorded three tackles.


I think this was a gain in value for the Chiefs. The Chiefs were able to bring in a haul of players that year. nine total, eight of which in the top-200 picks and five in the top 150. This trade also gave them three picks in the 4th round included two back-to-back.


Chris Jones was an excellent option for them . The only DTs that went off the board before they came back around in the 2nd round were Robert Nkemdiche and Vernon Butler. Nkemdiche didn’t put together the campaign the Cards had hoped, not even getting close to Jones’ play time or stats. Vernon Butler, much the same in Carolina. The Chiefs also ended up with excellent offensive line depth and a better chance at a later round flyer paying off with a 6th round pick than a 7th. Can’t argue that this was a good move for Kansas City. They should just hope that Jones has the ability to return to form when he comes back from his injury in 2018. The Chiefs also could have gone after a young linebacker to add to their aging second-level as both Jaylon Smith and Myles Jack were on the board. But they likely didn’t feel that they’d need to cover for their older LBs just yet.