Breaking Down the Best Scenarios at No. 1 Overall in the 2013 NFL Draft

Wes StueveContributor IIIMarch 11, 2013

Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Most years, the projected No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft is well-known by this point. In 2012, everyone knew Andrew Luck was going No. 1. The same could be said for Cam Newton in 2011.

There is no obvious top pick in the 2013 NFL Draft

This has inspired great debate. Before it was known that the Chiefs were trading for Alex Smith, many thought the team might take Geno Smith. That now seems out the window. Many also thought (and think) that Kansas City would select left tackle Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 pick. Then the team used the franchise tag on Branden Albert. 

In other words, no one knows who the Chiefs are taking. 

What are their best options?


Geno Smith

Whether you think this is a good option clearly depends on your opinion of Alex Smith. If you think the former 49ers quarterback is capable of leading a team to Super Bowl, then you probably see no reason for the Chiefs to take the other Smith. 

If you're not so high on Alex Smith, then you probably see Geno Smith as a legitimate option. Many don't think Smith is worthy of the No. 1 overall pick, but Smith is an accurate passer with plenty of physical ability.

Because the Chiefs traded a 2013 second-round pick and a conditional 2014 second-round pick for Alex Smith, they probably don't consider Geno Smith a legitimate option at this point.

He should be, though.


Luke Joeckel

When the Chiefs used the franchise tag on Albert, the possibility of drafting Joeckel seemed to fly out the window. But after releasing Eric Winston, the Texas A&M offensive tackle seems to be back in play.

The 6'6", 306-pounder is an excellent athlete with great length and technique. He doesn't possess great power, though, and doesn't have as high of an upside as many believe.

Joeckel's ability isn't the only issue though. There's the matter of positional value. Is right tackle such a valuable position that the team should use the first pick on it?


Sharrif Floyd

If the Chiefs do take Floyd, they will have used a top-11 pick on an interior defensive lineman in four of the past six years.

Floyd is an incredibly quick defensive tackle whose pass-rushing ability makes him a valuable player. He isn't overly powerful, and his lack of length is concerning, but his ability to disrupt plays in the backfield is superb.

Unfortunately, Floyd does actually address a need for Kansas City. Again, position value is an issue, and many will question whether Floyd is worth the No. 1 pick.



As many have argued, there isn't a great amount of talent at the top of this draft. The Chiefs have options, but there isn't a Newton, Luck or Robert Griffin III. 

At this point, Kansas City clearly has to balance positional value, need and talent. Most analysts would argue that Joeckel is the best option for the team.

However, Floyd may actually be the best fit.

He fits a big need for Kansas City, and his upside is far greater than Joeckel's. Also, for the Chiefs, Joeckel would play right tackle with Albert on the left side. Spending such a high draft pick on a right tackle seems like a waste.

With Kansas City likely not considering a quarterback, this decision will probably come down to Joeckel and Floyd. 

Few people would agree, but the Chiefs should take Floyd.