KC Chiefs could earn high draft pick if 2020 season is canceled

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The KC Chiefs haven’t had a top ten draft pick since 2013 when they held the number one overall pick in that year’s draft. If there’s no 2020 season to be had, there’s a slight chance they could end up with a high draft pick despite being the reigning Super Bowl champs.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep the nation and that could unfortunately lead to the cancellation of the 2020 NFL season.

Obviously this isn’t what any of us want, but it is a possibility and if that were to happen, what exactly would happen to the order in the 2021 NFL Draft?

Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports tackled this subject and came up with three possible scenarios that the NFL could explore if worst came to worst.

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Two of his three scenarios would involve the Kansas City Chiefs picking at the end or near the end of the first round, which is fair. They went to the AFC Championship Game in back to back years and won the Super Bowl this past year, so yes, they should be picking late in the first round.

One scenario that Edholm discusses, however, involves a lottery to figure out who picks where and in this particular case, would be modeled after the 2005 NHL Draft that was used after the NHL went on strike.

"Under those stipulations, the teams that had missed the playoffs each of the previous three seasons and those that had not earned the top overall selection the prior four years were given the most lottery balls (three). Six of the NHL’s 30 clubs met both criteria.Ten NHL teams that had one playoff appearance or the first overall pick in those years each earned two lottery balls. And the remaining 16 clubs that met neither criteria each were given one ball."

Hearing the word lottery might have one assume this would look like the NBA Draft, but the NHL Draft lottery was much different in that it allowed a good team to end up with the number one overall pick. They didn’t have as good of a shot obviously, but the opportunity was there.

While that’s appealing for Kansas City Chiefs fans, there’s also the chance that a team like the Patriots ends up with the number one pick. Could you imagine the outrage if the New England Patriots had the number one pick in a draft where Trevor Lawrence is going to be available? That would be quite the scene.

If somehow the Chiefs ended up with the number one pick, it’s extremely possible that they’d end up trading it because they don’t need a quarterback, but other teams definitely do. Teams would be foaming at the mouth to move up to the top spot and land Lawrence with that pick and the Chiefs would reap the benefits.

Even if they didn’t get the number one pick, getting any draft choice in the top ten would be awesome for the Chiefs because that’s something that hasn’t happened for them due to their winning ways. I’m not complaining obviously, but it’d be fun to actually have a crack at some of college football’s best prospects.

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This conservation could end up being all for naught if the 2020 season goes on as planned, but it’s still fun to think about, especially when it comes to the possibility of the KC Chiefs having a top ten draft pick.