If you’re looking for stability in draft projections, you might want to stay away from the 2013 NFL Draft as a whole. Besides the potential trades we could see throughout the first round, there is no consensus top pick and then there is of course the varying opinions on the available quarterbacks.
The Kansas City Chiefs, as we unfortunately know, badly need an upgrade under center. But forget about the No. 1 overall pick, is there any quarterback worthy of going in the top 10? That’s the debate we’ll see plenty of between now and April.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
How could I go with Smith to the Chiefs this week after mocking offensive tackle Luke Joeckel here last week? It’s because there is no obvious No. 1 choice this year. Feel free to dissect Andy Reid’s press conference quotes or look at past drafting trends. Or even point out new general manager John Dorsey saying he’s going to “pick the best available player.” But at this point in the process, the Chiefs’ board isn’t set. They don’t have a best player designated. We don’t know if they’re letting Brandon Albert walk or going after Jake Long in free agency. Say it with me: No one knows. So for now, it’s back to Smith as the No. 1 pick. It’s the more obvious choice than an offensive tackle, and probably the biggest immediate upgrade.
Yes, like most general managers, Dorsey was beating the BAP drum since he was hired and this pick should provide a perfect test of his honesty. Because if the Chiefs are going to strictly take the best player on the board, it won’t be Smith.
That doesn’t mean he won’t or shouldn’t be the pick, but I have yet to talk to anyone that believes the West Virginia quarterback is the best player in the draft. Best fit for the Chiefs? Absolutely. Best player in the draft? Not yet.
If the Chiefs end up locking Albert into a long term deal before the draft, Smith becomes the most likely choice. However, if the incumbent left tackle is only tagged or allowed to walk, look for Joeckel to be the favorite. Either way, we aren’t likely to get a clear read on what’s going on at the top of the draft any time soon.