2013 NFL Draft: Kansas City Chiefs GM Says Team Will Draft Best Player Available

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIIJanuary 15, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 07:  Andy Reid talks to the media during a press conference introducing him as the Kansas City Chiefs new head coach on January 7, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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If you thought the Kansas City Chiefs would draft Geno Smith with the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, you may want to think again.

New Chiefs general manager John Dorsey held an introductory press conference with the media on January 14. The Kansas City Star reported that Dorsey stated in the press conference.

"You make the right pick by choosing the best player available. I know of no other philosophy," Dorsey said.

Quarterback is certainly a position the Chiefs need to address during the offseason, but Dorsey is completely correct in stating that they should draft the best guy on the board.

I don't believe Smith is the top guy available, or even close to it for that matter.

This is actually good news for Chiefs fans, in my opinion, because I was not sold on Geno Smith one bit. I have him ranked 18th on my big board.

Now that we have a good sense of what the Chiefs plan to do on draft day, let's take a look at the top-10 guys available on my draft board.

Rank Name Position School
1 Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2 Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
3 Star Lotulelei DT Utah
4 Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
5 Damontre Moore DE Texas A&M
6 Chance Warmack OG Alabama
7 Dee Milliner CB Alabama
8 Barkevious Mingo DE LSU
9 Manti Te'o ILB Notre Dame
10 Dion Jordan DE Oregon

Dorsey needs to go with Luke Joeckel. Brandon Albert and Donald Stephenson aren't efficient enough to guard the end.

Plenty of the other names on the board look attractive, but no one looks as attractive as Joeckel for the No. 1 pick.

NFL Draft analyst Matt Miller would agree with where I stand on Joeckel. In fact, Miller went on to say:

Luke Joeckel is the best player available as my No. 1 overall player for the 2013 NFL draft. I've mentioned before that Joeckel grades out as the best tackle I've ever scouted—dating back to the '01 draft. That means better than Joe Thomas, Jake Long and Matt Kalil.

Yes, Johnny Manziel is a terrific quarterback, but much of the success which led to his Heisman Trophy-winning season can be attributed to Joeckel.

I have watched plenty of Joeckel's film and have learned that he is extremely aggressive and plays with an attacking style. He is very strong and has a good knack for picking up the blitz. 

While it's pretty obvious that Matt Cassel, Ricky Stanzi and Brady Quinn won't get it done, there are plenty of quarterbacks the Chiefs can target in free agency or later in the draft to compete for the starting job.

I have suggested there is a chance the Chiefs could target Michael Vick via trade.

After going 2-14 in 2012-13, major changes were needed in Kansas City. They started by hiring a new GM in Dorsey and Andy Reid to be their head coach. They are putting together solid sideline and front office personnel, and now they need to start building for the future.

Drafting a guy like Joeckel would certainly be a good start.


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