One of the 2013 NFL Draft’s biggest dramas never played out. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted an offensive tackle as expected but they were not able to trade Branden Albert. The Chiefs could put Eric Fisher on the right side while Albert plays out the year on the franchise tag but they would be better served completing a trade now while Albert’s stock is high.
Yahoo’s Jason Cole mentions the Lions as a potential suitor in his breakdown of the winners and losers of the 2013 NFL Draft:
The Chiefs are figuring that they eventually will get some interest from teams that didn’t fill their left tackle needs in the draft (Detroit, San Diego and Arizona are still in that mix). Look for Albert to eventually move for a second-round pick in 2014.
While I can see how Cole would include the Lions in the mix, I don’t see how it makes sense in reality. If the Lions were really that set on adding a left tackle at the expense of a second-round draft pick, they could have made a move up on Thursday night to take Fisher, Joeckel or Johnson. Any of the three would have commanded a salary about half of what Albert is seeking, another important factor considering the Lions would have to clear cap space to complete a trade with the Chiefs.
After missing out on those three they could have immediately started trade discussions with the Chiefs involving their first pick on Friday. Why would the Lions would suddenly start showing interest in Albert now after showing no interest so far? If they were not comfortable moving forward with Riley Reiff as their left tackle, at least for now, they surely would have made a bold during draft weekend. They didn’t so it is hard to say their comments about Reiff are just blowing smoke.