Monday, April 15, 2013

5 Players Kansas City Should Consider With the Number One Pick

There are a few approaches Kansas City could make with the first pick of the 2013 draft. They could look to try and find an instant fix at a position of need or simply draft the best player on the board. Here are a few players they might consider for the number one overall pick.

• Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M- Joeckel is clearly the best player available in the 2013 NFL Draft. The left tackle spent all last year protecting Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel, and has all the things you look for in an offensive tackle. He is athletic, fluid with his feet, powerful and polished. Joeckel is a day 1 starter in Kansas City even if they did decide to re-sign free agent tackle Branden Albert.

• Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia- Smith is no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, but he certainly possesses enough talent to be a quality quarterback in the league. His play last year leads many to believe he will slip in the draft, but he is an athletic quarterback who can make all the throws from the pocket. He is smart and can move to extend a play when he needs to, all the things Michael Vick did for Andy Reid in Philadelphia. Don't be surprised if Andy, the quarterback guru, Reid drafts Geno Smith at number 1.

• Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah- Star is simply a beast. An extremely dominant force on the defensive line that shined throughout his college career. Star has a tremendous ability to stop the run and also vicious pass rush making him a true 3 down defensive tackle. Kansas City could make use of his bruising force, lining him up at either DE or inside at DT/NT. Considering last years first round pick Dontari Poe hasn't come along yet, Star Lotulelei could be the pick to solidify the Kansas City defense.

• Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia- Jones may have a neck problem, which leads most experts to believe he will drop in the draft, but the kid can defiantly rush the passer. Pass rushers are hard to find in this league, we saw that with Seattle reaching for Bruce Irvin last year. Now I do think Jarvis Jones is a reach at number 1, but generating pass rush is a priority on defense and giving Tamba Hali a player on his opposite side would provide some excitement to the woeful Chief defense.

• Trade Down- Kansas City needs talent on the offensive side and they need a lot of it. Andy Reid needs to evaluate whether there is a true number one overall pick in the draft and if the answer is no then he needs to move down. Collecting some picks for offensive weapons is not such a bad idea.

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