The 2013 NFL draft should be an exciting one for football fans in Kansas City. With the moves the Chiefs have made this offseason, fans have to be eager to see what the new regime plans on doing later this month when the draft gets under way on April 25.
Kansas City owns the No. 1 pick in the draft and has made things interesting with its attempt to hype up West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the hopes that another team will trade up for the top pick. It appears the Chiefs are interested in trading down but have some options with the top pick.
In this slideshow, I will go through all eight of Kansas City's draft picks, including two additional compensatory picks. Join in on the discussion below with your thoughts on my mock draft and include how you think the Chiefs' draft will go down.
An offensive tackle like Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel would be huge for Kansas City. Assuming the Chiefs hold on to the top pick, Joeckel benefits the Chiefs' offense in many ways.
Quarterback Alex Smith has a reliable blindside blocker and will feel more comfortable in the pocket. The running game also wins with this pick, as running back Jamaal Charles, who is recognized as one of the fastest running backs in the league, can attack the outside and break away for a big gain and move the chains.
The only downfall with selecting an offensive tackle is that Branden Albert's future in Kansas City becomes uncertain. Albert is willing to play left tackle only. But if Joeckel is taken, Albert may find himself a new home this offseason.
Kansas City will be challenged this year, as it will be facing many teams with high-powered offenses and an elite group of receivers in 2013. Adding Marc Anthony can help build strong depth at cornerback.
The Chiefs can use as many bodies as possible at the defensive backfield. With Brandon Flowers and Eric Berry in the secondary, Kansas City added cornerbacks Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith. Kansas City's defense has to be able to keep up with the passing-heavy league that is the NFL. By having Anthony, they'll be victims fewer times than before when it comes to allowing a receiver to make a big catch-and-run for a touchdown.
Besides Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson, Cory Greenwood and Chad Kilgore are the only inside linebackers on the team. With the loss of Jovan Belcher and the Chiefs letting Brandon Siler walk, the team needs to add more inside linebackers this offseason.
Through the draft, the Chiefs have an opportunity to use one of their two compensatory picks and add Kiko Alonso. Alonso had one sack and racked up four interceptions during his senior year with the Oregon Ducks.
Playing behind Johnson and eventually transforming into a starter would likely be the route the Chiefs take with Alonso. If he has an impressive training camp and preseason, he's got a chance to start sooner than most late-third-round picks.
Rodney Hudson is the primary starting center for Kansas City. However, after starting only three games last year, the Chiefs will want an insurance policy in case he gets hurt again, rather than having to shift a starting guard to the starting center spot.
Drafting Khaled Holmes from USC is a move that general manager John Dorsey and the front office must consider to help back up Hudson and give the Chiefs some depth as well at the offensive line.
Marquise Goodwin came from a big school in the University of Texas but played a small role. During his senior year, Goodwin caught 26 passes, three of them in the end zone. Goodwin also contributed as a returner and can bring versatility to an NFL team.
For the Chiefs, this benefits them in multiple ways. Kansas City can use the former track and field star as an optional slot receiver and another option on special teams.
The Chiefs had Patrick DiMarco has the team's fullback last year and added Ryan D'Imperio this offseason. But if Lonnie Pryor is available, Dorsey should snag him with no hesitation.
The Chiefs could use Pryor, who earned the Orange Bowl MVP this past year, in many ways.
Pryor can be the lead blocker for Charles and the other running backs this season. After running for 376 yards and eight touchdowns off 47 carries, including a season-high 134 yards and two touchdowns off five carries in the Orange Bowl against Northern Illinois, the Chiefs can also use him as a player who gets a couple of carries per game, especially in close-yardage situations.
Although this would be Kansas City's third offensive lineman in the draft, it's a move that should be considered. Don't be surprised if Dorsey gets two offensive linemen and considers one more late in the draft. The Chiefs need some depth at the line, and Hawkinson would be a nice addition.
Hawkinson broke the school record for most starts with 48 and played his final season under Charlie Weis. Hawkinson, if given the chance, would be a great run-blocker for Jamaal Charles.
Hawkinson was part of an offense that ranked third in the Big 12 this past season despite winning only one game.
Another strong run-blocker would be huge for Kansas City's offensive line.
With Kansas City trying to fill most of their offensive gaps, it wouldn't hurt to finish the draft with a defensive player.
Kenny Cain's experience under TCU head coach Gary Patterson can help Kansas City, if he is taken in the seventh round. Cain recorded 86 tackles, 5.5 for a loss and two interceptions in 2012. He can also move to outside linebacker and give the Chiefs depth behind Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.