It might just be the typical predraft pump fake, all being spewed by coaches and executives trying to dupe each other in the lead up to the NFL Draft.
But in recent weeks, it appears the talk of the teams at the top of the draft passing on top quarterbacks has intensified to the point the Chiefs may need to be prepared for at least one of them to fall to the No. 23 pick in the first round.

During a conference call on Thursday, draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah says it's unclear where Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Fresno State’s Derek Carr will go this year.

“That draft with (Christian) Ponder and (Blaine) Gabbert and (Jake) Locker, I think that kind of scared some teams (into) saying, ‘Hey, let's stay true to our board; while we need a quarterback, let's not force it,’ ” Jeremiah said.

By passing on the top quarterbacks, teams at the top of the draft would be duplicating the formula of Seattle and San Francisco, which have managed to build strong rosters around talented (and cheap) non-first-round quarterbacks. However, by taking a quarterback later in the first round, the Chiefs could essentially do the same thing.

The Chiefs have made it known that they would like to extend Alex Smith, who fared well in his first season under coach Andy Reid. At only 29 years old, still has plenty of good football left in him. However, his contract runs out after the 2014 season, and extending him will require a big-money commitment, even if it's only for a few years.

Considering the Chiefs' well-documented cap woes this offseason, not to mention the looming specter of outside linebacker Justin Houston’s lucrative deal, it’s certainly worth noting that the team can save a boatload of money over the next few seasons by drafting Smith's replacement in the first round this year (on a cheap five-year rookie deal), letting him sit a year or two and handing him the gig when ready.

However, there’s just one small problem with that line of thinking: The Chiefs have already invested significant capital (two second-round picks) in Smith.

“Usually teams kind of swing for the fences, so to speak, in the first round,” said draft analyst Rob Rang. “They go for those elite athletes, the Dontari Poe-kind of guys that have incredible upside. Then you go with safer players that fill a hole in the second or third round.