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Could the Kansas City Chiefs look to solidify their offensive line with the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft?
The Kansas City Chiefs were a popular pick to have a breakout season in 2012, but they went the immediate opposite direction, falling short of every single prediction that had them winning more than two games. Now they're picking at the top of the 2013 NFL Draft, and that's likely where the Chiefs will look to build for the future.
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With new head coach Andy Reid in charge, it's likely the Chiefs will put more stock in the draft than free agency. That starts with the first overall pick. Many have had them taking a quarterback for Reid to get that aspect of the team solidified early, but not everyone feels that way.
Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation released his latest mock draft on Monday, and he has the Chiefs taking offensive lineman Luke Joeckel out of Texas A&M.
We've been mocking Geno Smith to the Chiefs since last year, and that's getting pretty boring. Since no one knows exactly what the Chiefs are doing with the first overall pick, we're changing it up for this mock draft to Luke Joeckel.
Lauded by many as the top player in the draft, Joeckel becomes a necessity for the Chiefs if left tackle Branden Albert isn't brought back. He's a little more D'Brickashaw Ferguson than Joe Thomas, but still a cornerstone piece for a franchise.
As noted, SB Nation has had Geno Smith as the pick for some time, but they've flipped to Joeckel. Around the Internet, those seem to be the two popular picks.
If you ever have someone arguing that quarterback is not the most important position on a football team, smart money is on them believing that the left tackle is the true most important. Either player would come in with the hopes of being the franchise's option at the chosen position for a decade or longer.