Tuesday, February 5, 2013
More buzz on Chiefs' top pick
By Tim Kavanagh
The NFL Draft is always an exciting offseason occurrence, and the league has done a fine job in creating even more buzz in recent seasons by extending it to be a three-day event. Typically, there is a great deal of anticipation over the first pick in the draft, whether it's going to be a franchise QB (as has been the case the past four years, with Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Sam Bradford and Matthew Stafford), or a game-changing player at another position (OT Jake Long and DE Mario Williams are some non-QB examples in recent drafts).
This year, the Kansas City Chiefs have the No. 1 overall selection, and according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, it's the first time in franchise history. The Chiefs need a franchise QB, but some believe that the top prospects available at the position aren't a good value with that pick. Luckily -- or unluckily, as the case may be -- the club has other needs as well, on both sides of the ball.
Teicher provided a list of 10 prospects that could be under consideration for K.C. at No. 1, a list that included QBs Tyler Wilson and Geno Smith, WRs Cordarrelle Patterson and DeAndre Hopkins (though these two are more likely after a trade-down), OL Luke Joeckel and Chance Warmack, DT Star Lotulelei, OLBs Jarvis Jones and Damontre Moore, and CB Dee Milliner.
There's a lot left to be determined before opening night of the draft, and the Chiefs may find solutions at certain vacancies prior to making their first pick of the Andy Reid era. But it's clearly a wide-open selection at this point, something that we haven't experienced in quite a while.