KCCD Staff Writer: Adam Simone
Thursday, Ian Rapoport reported the Kansas City Chiefs were looking to re-sign WR Dwyane Bowe and LT Branden Albert. Most Chiefs fans took those reports and tried to read between the lines of what that meant for the 2013 NFL Draft.
LT Luke Joeckel, according to several NFL Draft analysts, is the No. 1 ranked player for the 2013 NFL Draft. Most fans believed that if the Chiefs did not re-sign Albert, they would then take Joeckel to replace him. What if the Chiefs signed Albert?
Well you don’t need to try hard to convince Chiefs fans that quarterback is the only way to go with the No. 1 pick. The Chiefs have not selected a quarterback in the first round since they selected Todd Blackledge in the 1983 draft. With the struggles the Chiefs have had at the quarterback position the last two seasons, drafting a quarterback with the No. 1 pick seems obvious doesn’t it?
The problem is, most experts believe there isn’t a quarterback worthy of the No. 1 overall pick. This leaves the Chiefs in a tricky position. Do they “reach” for a position of need or do they select the best overall player like Chiefs General Manager, John Dorsey, says they are going to do?
Another option for Dorsey and the Chiefs is to trade down and receive additional picks later in the draft. I’m leaning this direction if I was Dorsey, but you also have to have a trade partner. Is there a team that’s willing to give up picks to move into the No.1 spot?
Thus far in the draft process, we have not seen a player distance himself from the pack to become the obvious No. 1 overall selection. In my opinion, both the Eagles and Cardinals will be looking for a left tackle but it’s unknown whether they would give up late round picks to swap spots with the Chiefs.
Another topic that needs to be discussed is if the Chiefs should base their draft pick on whether or not they re-sign Albert. Kevin Keitzman from 810 WHB in Kansas City had a unique opinion Friday afternoon on this topic. Keitzman asked his listeners if they would be willing to trade Albert and the No. 1 overall pick for Joeckel.
Keitzman believes that is exactly what the Chiefs would be doing if they decided to let Albert go and then select Joeckel to fill the hole at LT.
So Chiefs fans let’s hear it. What direction do you want the Chiefs to go on April 25th? Would re-signing Albert and Bowe change how you would approach the draft? Let your voice be heard.