In their first mock draft of the year, the National Football Post projects that the Kansas City Chiefs will take Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with the first overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.
In its reasoning on why the NFP selected Joeckel over a quarterback, Russ Lande said that there was no quarterback good enough to take with the top pick in the draft, and Joeckel will be the centerpiece for a rebuilt Kansas City offensive line.
Joeckel, a 6'6", 310 lb junior, has started every game over the last three seasons and helped pave the way for quarterback Johnny Manziel's Heisman run. Joeckel was named to the All-Big 12 team last season and was named to the All-SEC first team this year in Texas A&M's first year in the conference.
Joeckel was recognized for his outstanding play this season when he was named as a finalist for the Outland Trophy, which is given to the country's best interior lineman. Joeckel will be up against Jonathan Cooper of North Carolina and Alabama's Barrett Jones.