Chiefs keeping top pick secret

Updated: April 25, 2013, 5:51 PM ET
By Ed Werder | ESPN

The Kansas City Chiefs have decided which prospect they will pick at No. 1 in the NFL draft Thursday night, and general manager John Dorsey told ESPN that he and coach Andy Reid are in 100 percent agreement.

That assumes they don't trade the pick. Three or four teams inquired about the selection Wednesday, and Dorsey told ESPN the plan is for the Chiefs to keep their decision secret -- even after they're on the clock -- to give other teams one more opportunity to offer a trade for the No. 1 overall pick.

Unless a trade materializes, there's a growing sense that left tackle Eric Fisher could be the Chiefs' pick over Luke Joeckel, which would be a mild surprise.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs and Miami Dolphins have agreed not to further discuss a potential trade involving left tackle Branden Albert until after both teams make their first-round selections Thursday night.

Dorsey told ESPN the Chiefs aren't letting Albert's status deter them from taking the best player on their board.

"I don't think you can do that," Dorsey said.

Contrary to published reports, the Dolphins have not reached agreement on contract parameters with Albert and there has been no recent discussion between Miami and Albert's representatives, according to a Miami source.

[+] EnlargeBranden Albert
AP Photo/Paul SpinelliBranden Albert is still a member of the Chiefs but Kansas City and Miami are likely to continue trade discussions over the franchised left tackle on Thursday.

Dorsey said dialogue between the Chiefs and Dolphins regarding an Albert trade would likely continue Thursday.

"The guy is a good football player,'' Dorsey told ESPN. "I could see him starting. He is a starter. I see that. I'm not giving away good football players. This organization can't afford to do that.''

Both Fisher and Joeckel play left tackle. Albert has said he is not open to considering a move to the right side to accommodate a rookie and reiterated his desire for a multiyear contract or a trade by being the only Chiefs player to not participate in the team's minicamp last week or the voluntary offseason strength and conditioning program.

In other draft rumblings, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the San Francisco 49ers, who are scheduled to pick 31st in the first round, are in discussions with teams to try to move into the top 15.

The St. Louis Rams, meanwhile, are doing what they can to unload their second first-round pick -- No. 22 overall, acquired last year from the Washington Redskins in the trade that allowed Washington to select Robert Griffin III -- to pick up other selections in the draft, league sources told ESPN.

In a text to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Rams GM Les Snead wrote: "We are getting multiple calls for that pick -- have been all week. But we could stand pat there as well if one of our guys is on the board."

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and ESPN reporter Josina Anderson contributed to this report.

Ed Werder

ESPN NFL Insider

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