With the 2013 NFL Draft about to kick into swing, let’s unveil team-by-team projections for the first three rounds before the party gets started at 8 p.m. ET on April 25. Here’s part 11 of the series on the Kansas City Chiefs.
First Round (No. 1 Overall): Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
After striking a trade for QB Alex Smith and releasing starting right tackle Eric Winston (and also looking to trade Branden Albert), Kansas City’s decision with the No. 1 overall pick is almost a foregone conclusion.
Luke Joeckel is a technician with an athletic build at the position and excels in pass protection. He looks to become a long-time starting left tackle with the Chiefs, albeit Eric Fisher and trading down are also options.
Third Round (No. 63 Overall): Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
Three of the Chiefs’ starting linebackers made the Pro Bowl last year, but the the team needs to recover from the Jovan Belcher tragedy and place a new starter alongside Derrick Johnson. Kansas City gets good value at the start of the second day of the draft with the addition of Kiko Alonso, a very versatile linebacker who possesses a plethora of effort, solid speed, a constant motor and great awareness in various coverage situations. It’s worth noting that the Chiefs also sent just about everyone to Oregon’s Pro Day.
Note: If the Chiefs trade Branden Albert to the Miami Dolphins (or any other team for that matter) in exchange of a second round pick in this draft, expect the team to pick up either another linemen to add to the offense, defense or a different inside linebacker like Arthur Brown or Kevin Minter. But I’m not going to project a second round pick to the Chiefs here until the potential trade becomes official.
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