2013 NFL Mock Draft: Luke Joeckel On Top

Free agency is about to be officially open around the NFL and the upcoming moves over the next month will obviously have a huge impact on which way teams go on draft day. The Kansas City Chiefs are no different, with plenty of holes likely still to be filled on the open market.

Before we see the moves new GM John Dorsey can make in free agency, SB Nation took a shot at a new mock draft and decided to go with the big man out of Texas A&M.

1. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
After franchising left tackle Brandon Albert, it looked like the Chiefs may not have a use for an offensive tackle with the first overall pick. But then they released Eric Winston. A right tackle with the first overall pick? For now, yes. Unless Albert signs a long-term deal, there’s nothing to say he won’t be one and out in Kansas City and Joeckel would move to the left side.

Other possibilities: Eric Fisher, Dee Milliner

The Chiefs are going to work out no less than three offensive tackles for the top pick, but it in the end Joeckel is the one that will get the call if that’s the direction they decide to go.

It would still seem the best case scenario for Kansas City would be for a team to fall head over heels for a player and want to grab the No. 1 overall pick. This would allow the Chiefs to recoup their losses from the Alex Smith trade and still add a player in the first round that can come in right away and help turn things around.

If they stay at the top of the draft and don’t select an offensive tackle, Milliner — the CB from Alabama — would make the most sense, despite the addition of Dunta Robinson to the secondary.

Many fans in Kansas City might flip out due to recent history, but DT Sharrif Floyd from Florida is another good fit. Again, keeping Tyson Jackson and/or Glenn Dorsey shouldn’t be seen as a reason to pass on the big man.

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