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Kiper insists Chiefs should trade out of No. 1 pick

The Chiefs have started the process of setting their draft board, and the job will be finished by the time they arrive in Indianapolis for the scouting combine next week. The board obviously will be subject to some shuffling over the next couple of months leading up to the draft in April.

But no matter what happens, the Chiefs may be in no-man’s land with the first overall pick. The options with that choice don’t look particularly appetizing, and the chances of them getting a great player might be as good if they dropped back a few spots as they would be if the made that top selection.

That’s why ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper continues to advocate a trade down for the Chiefs.

“I think trading out is still the best option,’’ Kiper said today. “There’s no quarterback to remotely consider if you’re Kansas City. I would say if (the Chiefs) can get out of there, that’s the best option if they can, and there’s no guarantee they will be able to.’’

Kiper whittled his list to three of players he considers worthy of consideration by the Chiefs with that first pick: Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones and Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei.

The Chiefs have Branden Albert at left tackle, though he could be an unrestricted free agent if he doesn’t re-sign by March. They have Pro Bowlers at outside linebacker in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. They also have invested heavily in the defensive line with the first round picks in recent drafts.

The best cornerback available in the draft is Alabama’s Dee Milliner. The Chiefs could use help at cornerback after cutting starter Stanford Routt midway through last season, and Kiper has Milliner rated as his fifth best draft-eligible player at any position.

But he doesn’t believe Milliner is worth the top pick.

“I don’t think it’s ridiculous because he’s certainly a good football player,’’ Kiper said. “He’s not Patrick Peterson. He’s not Deion Sanders. He’s not that type of player coming in. This guy wasn’t a starter until (last) year at Alabama, a full-time starter. Do I think he’s an elite player? No. The number one pick overall? No.’’