It’s draft time. We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and vote below to decide which player should be drafted where. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick them. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. Ok, let’s get into it. The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock.
The Kansas City Chiefs finished with a league-worst 2-14 record in 2012 and select No. 1 overall in the draft.
The Chiefs hired Andy Reid as their new head coach and have been very active this offseason. They released their former franchise QB Matt Cassel, traded for a new franchise QB in Alex Smith and signed two top-tier cornerbacks in Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson.
In March, the Chiefs released right tackle Eric Winston and placed the franchise tag on Branden Albert. Assuming that they can’t trade the pick away, who should the Chiefs pick first?
Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel
The Chiefs could plug-in Joeckel at right tackle in 2013 to narrow the NFL’s steep learning curve. Joeckel is a 6-foot-6, 306-pound monster, who plays nasty and very physical at the point of attack. He’s the consensus No. 1 offensive tackle on the board and would be the safe pick for Kansas City. In 2014, the Chiefs would be able to move Joeckel over to the left side, as Albert will likely hit free agency and command a hefty price tag.
Utah DT Star Lotulelei
Lotulelei drew some concern over a heart condition in February at the Combine, but since then has put those worries to rest. The Chiefs could play Lotulelei next to last year’s first-round pick Dontari Poe. Lotulelei is a very powerful and agile nose tackle and could be a force for new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s unit.
West Virginia QB Geno Smith
Will the Chiefs shock the world and take Geno Smith with the first pick? That remains to be seen. It would be a gamble, but with the new CBA, teams are more willing to take a risk on franchise-altering players. Smith would certainly be categorized as that. Although the West Virginia QB had an up-and-down senior season, he’s a natural passer that could grow into a serviceable player at his position. Reid is known to develop young quarterbacks, and with Alex Smith on the roster, it wouldn’t put a heavy burden on Geno Smith to start right away.
Florida DT Sharrif Floyd
Need a playmaker? Sharrif Floyd is just that. He’ll screw up an offensive coordinator’s game plan in a hurry. Like Lotulelei, Floyd could be paired up with Poe to create a dynamic front on Kansas City’s defense. Floyd showed versatility during his time in Gainesville and possesses the quickness and athleticism to fit in Kansas City’s scheme.
Oregon DE Dion Jordan
Jordan is an extremely gifted athlete, who was recruited to Oregon as a highly rated tight end from Phoenix. The Chiefs have two premier outside linebackers in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, but Jordan could be a nice option to rotate in. The Chiefs signed former outside linebacker Frank Zombo in early April, but you can never have enough pass rushers.
Disagree with all the options? Make sure to write in your pick in the comments section.