Rare air of suspense surrounds top pick

April, 23, 2013
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There actually may be some type of podium suspense with the No. 1 pick at the 2013 NFL draft.

How refreshing.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that the Kansas City Chiefs likely won’t make an announcement on who they will take with the No. 1 pick until the time of the draft. In recent years, the top pick had been known for a number of days.

I spoke to Kansas City general manager John Dorsey last Friday. He said he hoped to make a decision “a couple of days” before the draft. However, Dorsey said the team would keep all options open until the time of the draft in case last-minute information pops up or if a desirable trade presents itself.

So, indeed, it seems like the Chiefs won’t make a final decision until their draft card hits the podium.

With that said, it appears the favorite to be the pick is Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel. Dorsey said the team is down to four players. Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher and Oregon pass-rusher Dion Jordan are expected to be on that list.

The feel of mystery is kind of cool because it hasn’t happened much regarding the first-round pick. A big reason why is there isn’t a dominant quarterback prospect in this draft.

So while Joeckel is the favorite, we may not know for sure until 8 p.m. ET Thursday.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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