NFL Mock Draft 2013: Chiefs drafting a left tackle becoming popular consensus

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Kansas City has left itself with fewer options at the top of the draft after a busy offseason. So who will they ultimately choose?

The Kansas City Chiefs have now added a quarterback with Alex Smith, franchised tackle Branden Albert, signed receiver Dwayne Bowe, and are well set at other positions such as linebacker. They could be one of the most talented "worst" teams of all time. So what pick is going to be best for them in a draft that doesn't seem to exactly suit their needs?

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Most writers and analysts have come to the conclusion that Kansas City's best move would be to draft a franchise left tackle. Albert has an injury history and is not signed long term, not to mention that few think he is on the same level as the two top tackles available in this draft. Those tackles are Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan.

But which guy is the one that KC takes to the prom?

That's where there is less agreement, though Joeckel has a slight edge perhaps. Rob Rang of CBS Sports doesn't budge on his pick of Joeckel to the Chiefs:

Their trade for quarterback Alex Smith and aggressive approach in free agency allows them to do so in 2013. Joeckel was beaten by fellow offensive tackles Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) and Lane Johnson (Oklahoma) in the athletic drills at the combine, but the three-year starter is the more polished and tested blocker who compares favorably to Matt Kalil, selected No. 4 overall by the Vikings a year ago. Paired with Branden Albert, Joeckel gives the Chiefs bookend tackles to protect the investment made in Smith.

Either way, Kansas City appears set to make a comeback next year and compete for a playoff spot in the AFC. Drafting a franchise tackle would go a long way toward that goal, but which player that is we won't know for some time.

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