"With the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select ... "
At this point, it is still anyone's guess as to how that sentence ends. There is no "sweepstakes" this year, just a whole lot of good defensive prospects and a lot of middling quarterbacks. While the Chiefs biggest need is at the QB position, so far none of the 2013 would-be rookies at QB have been all that inspiring. While some experts are projecting as many as four or five quarterbacks to be selected in the first round, others are projecting... none.
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However, if there is one quarterback who is so far rated as the top in the class, it's Geno Smith of West Virginia. In his latest mock draft, Dan Kadar of Mocking the Draft stuck to form and projected Smith to the Chiefs with the first overall pick. It's a common projection and it's still one that makes sense, though many still wonder if Kansas City would still do much better to take the best player available and not just attempt to fill a need with a potentially-average prospect:
It's because there is no obvious No. 1 choice this year. Feel free to dissect Andy Reid's press conference quotes or look at past drafting trends. Or even point out new general manager John Dorsey saying he's going to "pick the best available player." But at this point in the process, the Chiefs' board isn't set.
Nope, we so far have no idea what the Chiefs plan to do, mostly because the Chiefs have no idea what they are going to do. Things will get clearer after the combine and pro days, but there's still a good chance that they won't be fully clear until that final day in April. Will it be Smith? Wait and see.