NFL Mock Draft 2013: Mel Kiper predicts Matt Barkley to Chiefs

Otto Greule Jr

ESPN's draft expert has come out with a midseason review of each NFL team and their likely first choice.

The Kansas City Chiefs are 1-7. That means that they are vying for the top spot in the 2013 NFL Draft, which means they are well-positioned to finally take a quarterback. That's the belief of ESPN's Mel Kiper who says that the Chiefs are on track to grab the best in the draft in Matt Barkley, even if it's a choice that doesn't inspire as much confidence as last year's top selection, Andrew Luck.

The Chiefs are a year too late. If they'd had one of the top two picks in 2012, a place they're headed for in 2013, the long-range questions at QB would be no more. Instead, they head into a draft class where QB play has been a problem at the top. Matt Barkley has had some struggles when the competition has been better, and Geno Smith is having a great season but at this point hasn't proven he's the kind of talent worthy of a No. 1 pick. If you were looking for a QB, it might be a better year to not have the No. 1 pick.

Given the Chiefs quarterback play so far this year from Matt Cassel and even Brady Quinn, there's going to be no complaints about the options from most fans, who simply want to see someone with a high ceiling take over the position.

Barkley has thrown for 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2012.

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