Fox Sports' Jay Glazer first broke the news:
Deal has been agreed upon between Chiefs and 49ers. Compensation unclear but I'm told again Chiefs have made a clear commitment to Smith.— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) February 27, 2013
An NFL source says that the framework of the deal is that the 49ers will get a No. 2 pick this year and a similar pick in the 2014 draft.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) February 27, 2013
Joeckel didn't wow anyone at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, posting one of the poorest marks in the 40-yard dash, while posting average marks in every measurable drill but the three-cone drill.
As a result, some of the post-combine mock drafts floating around the web have Central Michgan's Eric Fisher as the No. 1 pick to the Chiefs.
But that doesn't make any sense.
Joeckel isn't a phenomenal athlete, but he's the best left tackle to enter the draft since perhaps Joe Thomas back in 2007. He is one of the most technically sound tackles I've ever seen coming out of college, and when he does make mistakes, he is physically gifted enough to recover.
His excellent time of 7.40 seconds (No. 4 for offensive linemen at the combine) in the three-cone drill clearly illustrates this. It's a test of short-burst acceleration and change-of-direction skills, and Joeckel is really light on his feet.
During the combine, reports surfaced that the Chiefs were angling for Smith and that Joeckel would be their target at No. 1 (h/t NFL Network's Ian Rapoport).
Now that Smith is reportedly heading to Kansas City, it seems the dominoes are falling just as general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid had in mind all along.
The threat of adding Joeckel to the team's roster gives Dorsey a bargaining chip to use when attempting to negotiate with tackle Branden Albert, who is a free agent this year. The Chiefs could either sign him to a deal that works for them and move Albert to the right side or let him walk.
Will the Chiefs draft Joeckel with the No. 1 pick?
No matter what happens, Kansas City's decision at the top of the draft is now an easy one. Franchise quarterbacks are tough to find, and though Smith has many detractors who point to his early years as the norm, he's proven to be one of the league's top signal-callers the past couple of years.
You can go ahead and book it: Joeckel is going to be selected by the Chiefs with the No. 1 pick of the draft, and he'll become one of the best NFL players at his position in short order.
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