SI Mock Draft: Moving Away From Luke Joeckel


The Kansas City Chiefs still haven’t tipped their hand about who they will take first overall in the NFL Draft later this month, but most expect it to be an offensive tackle.

Though the name you hear most associated with the Chiefs is Luke Joeckel, the latest mock draft from Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks sends the other top tackle to Kansas City.

Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

After going with Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel atop my first four mocks of the year, I’ve been swayed by the Eric Fisher-at-No. 1 movement. This is the time of year when you start to hear way too much about a player’s “upside,” but it would seem the more athletic Fisher has a bit of an edge in that department over Joeckel. I guess we’ll know who K.C. really likes if it starts early exclusive contract negotiations with one of them.

There’s no doubting the potential Fisher brings to the table, but I’d still rather have Joeckel for the Chiefs if they decide to take a tackle. He’s the better prospect now and I think will be in the long run, even if the big man from Central Michigan takes off as many expect him to.

A lot can — and will — happen in the next two weeks, though I’d be surprised if we saw Andy Reid and John Dorsey start working on a contract with Joeckel, Fisher or any other player. Getting a deal done isn’t nearly as important as it used to be and it would take a trade for the top pick off the table.

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