Luke Joeckel Selection Would Be a Mistake for Kansas City Chiefs

Michael DulkaContributor IApril 25, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M looks on during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs remain mum on the first selection of the 2013 NFL draft, but Luke Joeckel is the name most connected to the top pick. However, the Chiefs would be making a mistake by making Joeckel the first player selected in the NFL draft.

In order to make room for Joeckel at the left tackle position, the Chiefs have targeted trading Brandon Albert. The Miami Dolphins have been the team most mentioned in the rumors regarding a potential trade.

Trading Branden Albert in order to take Joeckel first overall makes little sense. With little to separate Joeckel from the rest of the the top prospects, it doesn't make sense to make a need at a certain position. It would be a smarter decision to keep Albert at left tackle and upgrade another position.

If the Chiefs want to upgrade their offensive line with the top pick, they should use it on Eric Fisher, who should have an easier job adjusting to right tackle.

Throughout the draft process, Fisher showed he's the more athletic prospect despite being a bit more raw than Joeckel. Fisher's game has more of an edge than Joeckel's and that's considered a big deal at the left tackle position.

Instead of taking an offensive line, the Chiefs could improve their defense with the addition of Dion Jordan. With a couple talented pass-rushers in Justin Houston and Tambi Hali, it would be a luxury pick as well, but the value would still be there as the Chiefs need depth at the position.

The best option for the Chiefs would be to trade the top pick and allow other teams to fight for the top tackles. The Chiefs could still get a talented offensive lineman later in the draft while adding extra picks.

With multiples holes that must be addressed this offseason, the Chiefs' smartest choice would be to pile up picks in the middle of the draft. With a strong draft class, the Chiefs could be looking at having a competitive roster in 2013.

Joeckel is a solid prospect and would have a nice career in Kansas City if he's the pick. But with the other options available to the Chiefs in the upcoming draft, they'd be smart to keep Albert and avoid picking Joeckel.