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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Should Dee Milliner be in No. 1 pick mix?

By Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs' situation with the No. 1 pick remains one of the most fascinating questions of the NFL offseason.

Thursday, longtime draft guru Gil Brandt tweeted he thought they are five players worthy of being the No. 1 pick by the Chiefs -- left tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, pass-rushers Barkevious Mingo and Bjoern Werner and cornerback Dee Milliner.

That got me thinking. Out of that group, Milliner may be the most interesting choice for Kansas City. Yes, in our latest AFC West mock draft, I tabbed Joeckel for the Chiefs at No. 1. But that’s because I think that’s where the team would lean.

But I would re-sign free agent Branden Albert, and the Chiefs are set at the pass-rusher position. That leaves Milliner.

I think a combination of standout Brandon Flowers and Milliner could be a great fit. This is a passing division and the Chiefs would be well prepared. Also combining a cornerback tandem of Flowers and Milliner would be both help and benefit from the Chiefs’ strong pass-rushers.

Defense starts with pass-rushers and coverage, and the Chiefs would be in terrific shape. That’s one of the reasons why I suggested a Darrelle Revis trade involving the No. 1 pick.

I realize Milliner -- who ran a blazing 4.37 at the combine -- may not be worthy of the top pick, but you can say that about any of the top prospects.

The Chiefs need to get creative and need to get immediate value. So, taking Milliner could be something the team may consider in a year without any clear-cut answers for the No. 1 pick.