With the kickoff to the NFL Draft just two days away, Adam Schefter reported that the Seattle Seahawks have traded defensive end Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for “a 2019 first-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick, and an exchange of third-round picks this year”. The game breaking defense lineman was set to make a game breaking amount of money and with the Seahawks team facing too many holes and too few draft picks, John Schneider did what he felt he needed to do, moving the 4-year Seahawk. The Chiefs immediately signed the pass rusher to the tune of 5-years, $105.5 million with $63.5 million in guaranteed money.
Clark is coming off a career year in which he posted 33 solo tackles, 13 sacks, 27 QB hits, 1 interception, and 2 fumble recoveries. It will be impossible to fully replace him via the draft, however, the incoming rookie class is loaded with promising talent along the defensive line. Names like Rashan Gary, Jefferey Simmons, Jerry Tillery, Jachai Polite, Christian Wilkins, and Dexter Lawrence should now firmly be on the mind’s of 12s.
Prior to the trade, Seattle had just 4 picks — selections in Rounds 1, 3, 4, and 5. It’s commonly known that Schneider targets the end of his perceived tiers of talent, typically leading to trading out of the first round. However, the newly acquired second-round pick affords him the ability to both draft Clark’s replacement at 21 (the Seahawks’ native pick) or 29 (the Chiefs’ former pick) while using the other to drop back and acquire 2 or more picks via trade.