Andy Reid: Kansas City Chiefs open to trading top pick


INDIANAPOLIS -- The Kansas City Chiefs hold the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but that doesn't mean they'll use it.

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New Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine that the team is open to shopping its first pick for the right price.

"Listen, yeah, we're going to evaluate everything," Reid said. "We're just not going to give it away. So we'd have to see what people throw our way. It's a pretty valuable pick, I'd say."

Not as valuable as it was a year ago, that's for sure -- especially for a quarterback-needy team like the Chiefs. There's no Andrew Luck prototype sitting atop the heap this time around, but plenty of draft doctors have linked the Chiefs to West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. That doesn't mesh with the draft philosophy Reid espoused at the combine.

"Most of the questions have been asked about the quarterback position, but it's important that we go through and evaluate everybody," Reid said. "You don't go for need, you go for who the best player is -- or who you perceive the best player to be."

The Chiefs need a quarterback. They need a few of them. But you'd be hard-pressed to find an NFL scout or coach willing to label Smith as the best player available in this year's draft. Nobody tells the truth at the combine, but Reid doesn't sound like a guy about to roll the dice on a passer with the No. 1 pick.

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