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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Select Landry Jones In Sports Illustrated Projections

It was not uncommon to find a 2013 NFL Mock Draft right after the 2012 edition finished, but Andrew Perloff has a nice one out for Sports Illustrated that's worth checking out. The good news for Chiefs fans is that he has the Chiefs picking last of any AFC West team, which means they will be the predicted division champs next year above the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos. He also has them choosing a quarterback.

The Chiefs are picking at No. 23 in this mock draft, and Perloff has the team taking Landry Jones, quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners. The interesting part is that the Chiefs could have taken Jones if he would have stayed in this latest draft as well, as the value and need could have been a fit at No. 11.

Perloff writes, "Jones struggled at the end of last season and probably hurt his chances of being a top pick in this year's draft. If he can return to his 2010 form, however, he has the size to get back in the good graces of NFL teams, who are always eager to take a chance on tall gunslingers.The Chiefs could also look at Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas, who often gets compared to Cam Newton as a potential breakout star."

Jones decided to go back to Oklahoma after a frustrating 2011 season. It will be interesting to see if he can raise his draft stock in 2012. If so, the Chiefs could be in the market for a new franchise quarterback depending on how they feel about Matt Cassel after year four. Most fans agree that the Chiefs will likely take one high in next year's draft after leaving the position alone in 2012.

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