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Sunday, December 30, 2012
What will the Chiefs do with No. 1 pick?

By Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock.

Now, the fun begins.

The Chiefs, who went 2-14 and who will have the No. 1 pick in the April draft, desperately need a quarterback, but there doesn’t appear to be any quarterback worthy of the top pick. There are no Andrew Lucks or RGIIIs this year.

The draft appears to defense-heavy at the top. The Chiefs aren’t really lacking at any defensive position.

So, it will have to come to a tough decision. Of course, with general manager Scott Pioli on the hot seat, the ultimate decision may be made by someone who is not yet in the organization.

If the Chiefs don’t reach for a quarterback such as West Virginia’s Geno Smith or North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon, the Chiefs could try to trade down or take the best defensive player available. The trade market may not be great for the top pick because of the dearth of quarterback prospects.

Here is a look at five players who the Chiefs could consider with the top pick:

Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei: He may be the best overall. He could be a perfect 3-4 nose tackle for the Chiefs. But if the new regime uses a 4-3, he could fit again. The selection of another defensive lineman in Kansas City may not excite the masses, but if he’s the best player available, he needs to be considered.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti T’eo: The top pick may be too high for T’eo. But if the Chiefs’ brass really likes him, he may be worth it. He would complete an outstanding linebacking crew in Kansas City.

Texas A&M defensive tackle Damontre Moore: He is a top pass-rusher. The Chiefs are pretty set at pass-rusher, though.

Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel: If Branden Albert leaves through free agency, this may be the choice. The Chiefs could take Joeckel.

Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones: He is like Moore. He is extremely talented, but he doesn’t really fit the Chiefs’ needs.