Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Rare air of suspense surrounds top pick
By Bill Williamson
There actually may be some type of podium suspense with the No. 1 pick at the 2013 NFL draft.
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.