Thursday, January 3, 2013
Early draft look: Chiefs
By Bill Williamson
With the Kansas City Chiefs’ season over, let’s take an early look at where the team may be heading in the draft.
First pick: No. 1
Top draft needs: Quarterback, receiver, cornerback, inside linebacker, safety.
Possible first-round picks: Utah defensive Star Lotulelei, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel.
Intangibles: There are many. For starters, the top of this draft doesn’t mesh with the Chiefs’ needs. The players listed above are fine, impact players. But they don’t fill major needs for Kansas City. Because of that, I think Lotulelei and Te'o might be the best fits, because you can make arguments for their selection over the others because of position fits. Joeckel could be in play if Branden Albert leaves as a free agent. Of course, the Chiefs badly need a quarterback. There just aren’t any quarterbacks worth taking at No. 1. The Chiefs could trade down to stockpile picks and perhaps select North Carolina State Mike Glennon or West Virgina’s Geno Smith, but those two signal-callers seem like projects. The Chiefs will have new brass and there will be a lot to discuss.