Five players the Chiefs should target before the trade deadline

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The Kansas City Chiefs have a lot of do at the deadline. Photo from Arrowhead Pride.

As the trade deadline approaches, there are a lot of Chiefs trade rumors 2021 swirling around that potentially address the major holes in their roster. They find themselves near the bottom of the AFC West after seven games.

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Kansas City hasn’t lived up to the expectations this season. Their defense is exposed and Patrick Mahomes hasn’t been himself quite lately.

If the Chiefs want to keep their SB hopes alive, then they need to make a major move in the trade deadline—whether adding another offensive weapon or a solid pass rusher.

Here are the five best Chiefs trade deadline targets…

WR, Marvin Jones Jr.

The Jags are a mess right now. It seems that the direction they are heading for the rest of the season is to develop their prized rookie, Trevor Lawrence, and get pieces around him. They could trade some of their veterans in exchange for draft picks.

Marvin Jones Jr. is one of the best assets right now and the Chiefs could target him. After all, he’s a 31-year old veteran on a losing team.

Jones has proven time and time again that he’s a great complimentary piece for any team. Consistency is undoubtedly his best asset. From 2015 up to 2020, he averaged 67 catches for 962 yards and eight touchdowns.

WR, Brandin Cooks

The Texans are currently 1-6 in the AFC South. With Deshaun Watson being faced with a lawsuit, the team is on pace for having the worst record in the NFL.


Like the Jags, Houston could trade some of their vets to acquire more draft picks. One veteran they could trade away is Brandin Cooks.

Despite being a journeyman, Cooks has been productive as a wide receiver through his entire career. He has five seasons where he surpassed 1000 yards. Even with a lack of quarterback talent, he’s on a pace for a sixth 1000-yard season this year.

Kansas City could target him to complement Tyreek Hill. Adding Cooks will take the pressure off Hill in the downfield. This speedy duo would become a problem for secondaries.

RB, Marlon Mack

Marlon Mack is featured in almost all KC Chiefs trade deadline rumors. He isn’t exactly what the Chiefs need but he’s still a valuable piece that they can target if they want to run the ball more.

Mack was a beast for the Colts back in 2018 and 2019. He rushed for 1000 yards in both of these two seasons. However, he tore his Achilles in 2020, and Jonathan Taylor assumed the lead back duties.

Now finally healthy, Mack can be a quality running back for the Chiefs. They already expressed an interest in him over the past few weeks. Acquiring him could help them give a spark in the backfield alongside Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

DE, Trey Flowers

The Chiefs need major help in the pass rush department. They haven’t been able to effectively pressure the quarterback this season. Per Team Rankings, Kansas City is ranked 32nd in the league in sacks with 1.1 per game—worst in the league.

To improve their pass-rushing, the Chiefs could target Lions’ defensive end, Trey Flowers. In five games this season, he has 20 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and three quarterback hits. He could wreak havoc in the trenches and give them the spark they needed on defense.

DE, Emmanuel Ogbah

The Dolphins find themselves at the bottom of the AFC East after seven games. If Miami is going to throw the towel in soon, then the Chiefs should target their former defensive end, Emmanuel Ogbah.

Ogbah was a key piece in Kansas City’s Super Bowl run in 2019 wherein he gathered 5 sacks through 10 games. It’s still baffling that they let him walk in free agency.

This season, Ogbah averaged 2.5 sacks per game along with three passes defended, one forced fumble, and 11 quarterback hits in five games. As you can see, his pass-rushing and defensive presence are valuable to a struggling team like them.

This is one of the Chiefs trade rumors that KC fans would love to happen. After all, he’s already familiar with the system.

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