(Sports Network) - With Alex Smith and his new caddy, Chase Daniel, officially
on board for new head coach Andy Reid the only real options for Kansas City
with the No. 1 overall pick are trading down with a team enamored by West
Virginia quarterback Geno Smith or selecting Luke Joeckel, the Texas A&M left
tackle who projects as a Matt Kalil- like stalwart from day one.
Left tackles may not excite fans but they certainly perk up the moods of
offensive-minded coaches like Reid. From day one moving forward, Joeckel won't
need help, opening up a whole spectrum of options for Reid. In short, the
presence of a player like Joeckel on the backside makes game planning that
That said, Kansas City's new brain trust of Reid and his hand-picked general
manager, John Dorsey, would be derelict in its duty if the pick wasn't shopped
The Chiefs really played up their visit with Geno Smith at the team's facility
recently and also have made their "interest" in Oregon defensive end Dion
Jordan as well as Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd well known.
Feigning interest in the top quarterback and best defensive prospects
available, and playing footsie with the other top tackle on the board, Central
Michigan's Eric Fisher, could force a QB-desperate team to trade up and give
the farm away to Kansas City.
The best and more likely scenario in the City of Fountains is dropping down a
spot or two, picking up an extra second- or third-round pick and still getting
Joeckel to play bodyguard for new signal-caller Alex Smith.
"It would be really cool," Joeckel said when asked about possible being the
No. 1 overall pick. "A dream come true. But the way I'm just looking at it, I
want to get there. I am definitely striving to be the No. 1 pick, going
through this entire process. But my dream is to just play in the NFL."
Although 'tis the season to knock players in draft process, Joeckel is such a
sound prospect he has come through the process relatively unscathed with the
traditional "needs to add strength" -- the lone strike against him.
Kansas City did franchise left tackle Branden Albert but it's clear the team
is open to moving him in the right deal or playing mix and match with him and
either Joeckel or Fisher for at least one season.
The Chiefs could also use s dependable backup for running back Jamaal Charles,
a cornerback or two and some depth at the linebacker position.
2012 Record: 2-14
Top Needs: OT, CB, LB
First Three Picks: No. 1, No. 63, No. 96
Number of Selections: 8 (1, 3, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7)
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2012 - Dontari Poe (NT, Memphis); 2011 - Jonathan
Baldwin (WR, Pittsburgh); 2010 - Eric Berry (S, Tennessee); 2009 - Tyson
Jackson (DE, LSU); 2008 - Glenn Dorsey (DT, LSU), Branden Albert (OT,
Virginia); 2007 - Dwayne Bowe (WR, LSU); 2006 - Tamba Hali (DE, Penn State);
2005 - Derrick Johnson (LB, Texas); 2004 - none; 2003 - Larry Johnson (RB,
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