Chiefs 2013 Draft Updates: Latest News, Trade Rumors and Predictions
The draft is right around the corner, and the Chiefs have the No. 1 overall pick, but you already knew that. What you may not realize is that it can be hard to read everything about what the Chiefs may do with the top pick because it’s scattered across the Web.
If you have a life outside of football or you occasionally like to sleep, you need someone to compile everything for you in one place. That’s where this little tracker comes in handy. This is where you can find the latest news, rumors and predictions pertaining specifically to the Chiefs.
Do the Chiefs have a trade partner to move down? You’ll find those rumors here.
Have the Chiefs settled on the player they want to take No. 1 overall? That’ll be here too, along with an updated mock draft
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Reports and Rumors
April 4: The Chiefs will not host Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher, Dion Jordan or Sharrif Floyd according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
April 2: Russ Lande of the National Football Post reports that the Chiefs are only looking at three prospects, and they include Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel and Dion Jordan.
April 1: John Dorsey told Albert Breer of NFL.com that the Chiefs will settle on their pick four days before the draft (April 21), and that they have narrowed the field to just four players.
Latest Mock Draft
Round 1, Pick 1: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Round 3, Pick 63: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Round 3, Pick 96: Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon
Round 4, Pick 99: Josh Evans, FS, Florida
Round 5, Pick 134: Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
Round 6, Pick 170: Michael Buchanan, DE/OLB, Illinois
Round 6, Pick 204: Kwame Geathers, NT, Georgia
Round 7, Pick 207: Joe Kruger, DE, Utah
The Eric Fisher vs. Luke Joeckel Debate
If the Chiefs are going to draft an offensive tackle, there has likely been some internal debate about which one is the best. Mike Mayock of NFL.com recently elevated Eric Fisher above Luke Joeckel in his latest prospect rankings for a couple of very specific reasons.
As Mayock explains it, Fisher has more upside because he has better feet and athleticism. Mayock also said he has a small concern about Joeckel because he gets beat across his face a couple times per game.
NEPatriotsDraft.com described Fisher as giving a “tenacious, combative effort” in the run game. Joeckel isn’t a pushover by any means, but Fisher just seems to have an edge in a couple of areas you might use to break a tie. When choosing between two equal players, things like attitude and athletic ability figure into the decision-making process.
There may be no wrong answer for the Chiefs. Fisher and Joeckel could be like Joe Thomas and Joe Staley, two elite left tackles from the same draft class. Fisher and Joeckel will be Day 1 starters, but the Chiefs may decide to go with the more athletic Fisher because he’ll be a tick faster getting out in front of Jamaal Charles.
It’s also possible the Chiefs value Joeckel’s tape against the elite competition of the SEC over Fisher’s competition in the MAC. It’s going to come down to what little things make the Chiefs more comfortable.
Offensive Tackle or Pass-Rusher?
If one is to believe the rumors, the Chiefs have narrowed the pick down to two offensive tackles and a pass-rusher. Deciding between Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel is hard enough, but to add a third option like Dion Jordan to the mix makes things even more difficult.
Where would Jordan play?
The Chiefs have options with a rookie tackle and would probably trade Branden Albert, but a pass-rusher would theoretically be stuck behind Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Do the Chiefs, a team that goes by the best-player-available draft strategy, even care that their No. 1 pick wouldn’t have a clear path to regular snaps?
There’s a chance that Tamba Hali could be released and save the team $6.5 million, with Jordan stepping in as a replacement. Hali has a monster cap number of $15.5 million in 2013 according to overthecap.com, which is significantly more than it would cost for a rookie.
One way or another, the Chiefs are replacing a good starter with a rookie. Despite reluctance from Chiefs fans, there’s something to be said for drafting a defensive lineman like Sharrif Floyd. Tyson Jackson and Mike Devito are solid players, but they aren’t impact players. Floyd is also versatile enough to play in a 4-3 defense if the Chiefs decide to make a switch in the future.
Is Geno Smith Still an Option?
People forget that Alex Smith has two years on his contract and can be released next year without any salary cap consequences. If the Chiefs believed Alex Smith was the long-term answer, they would have given him a contract extension.
The Chiefs aren’t married to Alex Smith beyond 2013, but it doesn’t make any sense to trade so much for him if he isn’t going to be the starter for the next two years. It makes even less sense to do that and draft Geno Smith, because that would mean burning two top two draft picks on the quarterback position.
It might make more sense if there was a chance Geno wouldn’t be on the board when the Chiefs pick, making Alex a high-priced hedge, but that’s not the case with the Chiefs. There’s just no way the Chiefs made a move on Alex Smith without first deciding that there wasn’t a quarterback worth drafting No. 1 overall.
The Chiefs’ interest in Geno Smith is purely an attempt to get another team to move up to No. 1 to get him ahead of the Jaguars. The Chiefs will never admit that the interest isn’t genuine, but the interest isn’t genuine in the sense that the team could make him the No. 1 overall pick.