For the first time in franchise history, the Kansas City Chiefs will have the first overall selection in next month's NFL draft. And in typical Chiefs fashion, expect their selection to buck the trend set by other NFL teams in recent years.
Over the past 15 seasons, just three NFL teams have used the first overall pick on anything but a franchise quarterback. And while Chiefs fans have been begging the franchise to draft and develop a quarterback every season since the disaster of drafting Penn State's Todd Blackledge in 1983, don't expect the Chiefs to use the first pick in 2013's NFL draft on a quarterback.
The Chiefs, unconvinced by the quarterback talent in this season's draft class, have agreed to a deal with San Francisco that will net them a new starting quarterback in Alex Smith, 2005's first overall pick.
The move seemingly allows the Chiefs to marry their needs with a draft class light on offensive talent beyond the offensive line and heavy on defensive playmakers. While many expect general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid to select Texas A&M's star offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, there are several scenarios that make a lot of sense for the Chiefs with the top pick. But let's look first at the most obvious.