Chiefs should still consider Lotulelei at No. 1

April, 17, 2013
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Earlier in the draft process, I pegged Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei as the player I thought the Kansas City Chiefs should take with the No.1 overall pick.

Many scouts I talked to believed he was the best overall player available in the draft and I thought he would help the Chiefs immediately.

As the draft process has evolved, the focus has moved away from Lotulelei. The Chiefs have closely studied him and he could theoretically still be the No. 1 overall pick in the April 25 draft. But the focus has been on tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher in recent weeks.

I understand the Joeckel and Fisher talk. Joeckel is probably the favorite to be the choice because of their potential need at left tackle depending on how the Branden Albert situation works out.

But I also think Lotulelei would be a strong choice. Now that his heart issue at the combine has been resolved, I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be a candidate to be the top pick.

He is versatile and he could shine as a 3-4 defensive end. He would be yet another young talent on defense. Lotulelei is polished and productive and while I doubt he’ll be the choice, I think he’d be as good as any other choice in this year’s draft for the Chiefs.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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