The Kansas City Chiefs have been on the clock for months and it seems we are as close as possible to a consensus on who will come off the board first. At least that’s the case over at the World Wide Leader! Both of ESPN’s top draft gurus, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay feel it will be Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel.
Kiper broke down the decision in his latest mock draft.
Placing the franchise tag on Branden Albert left the Chiefs with three options that factor into this pick. They could play Joeckel at right tackle in 2013 with the goal of moving him to the left side next year; they could start Joeckel on the left side immediately to reduce the adjustment pains he could experience in shifting next year and have Albert hold down right tackle; or they could continue to entertain trade offers for Albert and try to recoup some value they traded away in the deal for Alex Smith. In any event, given the way the board sets up, my belief is they’ll take the top tackle in the draft because it fills a current hole for 2013, and could fill a significant roster void in 2014. Given that their second-biggest need is an interior linebacker, they’ll go with a tackle here and deal with that later.
There had been a decent amount of bouncing around not only from the folks at ESPN, but really across the board. But once Kansas City decided to part ways with starting right tackle Eric Winston, all signs pointed to the big man from Texas A&M getting the call.
If Andy Reid and John Dorsey are determined to grab an offensive tackle first overall, the other option is Eric Fisher from Central Michigan. I think Joeckel is easily the choice over Fisher, but both can step in and get the job done from day one.
For what it’s worth, Kiper has the San Francisco 49ers selecting safety Matt Elam from Florida with the second round pick used to acquire Alex Smith.