NFL Mock Draft 2013: Chiefs take Luke Joeckel No. 1 overall

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Despite a horrible record last year, Kansas City doesn't have many holes but can plug one by drafting Joeckel.

In SB Nation's latest three-round mock draft by Matthew Fairburn, the Kansas City Chiefs are taking the safest player in the draft along with a risky quarterback.

In order, the Chiefs selected Texas A&M Aggies offensive tackle Luke Joeckel in the first round, followed by outside linebacker Jamie Collins of Southern Mississippi and quarterback Mike Glennon of the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the third round.

Joeckel fills an immediate need if Kansas City trades current left tackle Branden Albert, who is currently on a franchise tag. Rumors have been swirling that Albert is on the block, with the Chiefs hoping to bring back a second round pick and perhaps a later pick also.

If Albert is kept, Joeckel steps in and starts at right tackle where Eric Winston was last year before being cut this offseason.

Collins would be nothing more than a role player and frankly doesn't make sense at this point. The Chiefs need depth here but could add a starting safety at this point in someone such as Bacarri Rambo of the Georgia Bulldogs. Collins would basically be replacing Andy Studebaker, who was just given his walking papers.

With the supplemental pick Kansas City has in the third, the Chiefs roll the dice here and draft Glennon. Nobody has a stronger arm in the draft than Glennon, but his decision making and accuracy are in question. Glennon could come in and develop behind Alex Smith for a few years, making this choice worthwhile.

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