KCCD Staff Writer: Elliot Dennis
It seems to be a very popular opinion that Luke Joeckel is the player the Chiefs will select with the first pick in the draft. There is not a clear cut #1 player in this year’s draft, but this would be a player that could help the Chiefs out.
Joeckel was a 3 year starter for the Aggies. He showed significant improvement every year, including this year’s dominant junior campaign. He protected Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel’s blindside and did a magnificent job. He had a big role in the success of Manziel this season. Arguably his best performance of the year came against LSU, where he completely shut down a first round talent in Sam Montgomery.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder has the build that you would look for in a top left tackle. He possesses elite athleticism for his size and was dominant in the run game and pass protection this season. He is the clear cut #1 tackle in this year’s draft class.
The Chiefs have a solid left tackle in Branden Albert, but he’s a potential free agent. If the Chiefs can’t lock him up for next year (franchise tag is an option), then the Chiefs need to find a solution. Donald Stephenson played well in relief last season, but might not be the solution. If Albert leaves, Joeckel would be the perfect replacement.
Another option could possibly be that the Chiefs draft Joeckel and move Albert to guard. Albert has recently said that he wants to stay at left tackle, but guard might be a more natural fit for him. He excelled playing guard in college for Virginia. Having an offensive line of Joeckel-Albert-Hudson-Asamoah-Winston might just be too good for the Chiefs to pass up.
All-in-all, I would pass up on Joeckel. Letting Albert walk and drafting Joeckel would be a lateral move. The Chiefs need a pick that could improve the team immediately.
What are your thoughts on the Chiefs selecting a LT with the first overall pick?