Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel will be the first name called next week. According to numerous league sources, the Chiefs are locked in on him, barring anything unforeseen, after also strongly considering Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher. But Joeckel has played in a tougher conference and is a safer pick, and in a league where first-time general managers is becoming the rule (especially guys with college backgrounds), you are going to see a lot of clubs deferring to the safest guy (more on that later, when we delve into the guards).
This has been in the cards since Andy Reid traded for quarterback Alex Smith, extended wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and franchised right tackle Branden Albert. As much as Kansas City would love to trade down (a familiar refrain in this draft), that option won’t emerge.
I don’t believe the Chiefs can go wrong with taking a player like Joeckel. There are other players worthy of being taken first overall but he’ll be a good player for them going forward.