2013 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Go Defensive Lineman

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The Kansas City Chiefs are finally getting a little diversity in their pretend picks in some 2013 NFL Mock Drafts.

Yesterday we brought you the results of the latest FanSided.com mock draft in which the Chiefs selected LT Luke Joeckel.

Well, there is a new mock out that has KC going with a defensive lineman.

Again. Cause, you know, that has worked out so well for them.

This, from Bill Williamson of ESPN’s AFC West blog:

1. Kansas City Chiefs: DL, Star Lotulelei, Utah: He could excel as a 3-4 defensive end. This is a tough spot for the Chiefs. There are no great positional fits, particularly since no quarterbacks have yet shown they are worthy of being the top pick. There has been a lot of chatter that Texas A&M offensive lineman Luke Joeckel could be the Chiefs’ choice. But the Chiefs want to re-sign left tackle Branden Albert. I expect them to give Albert an offer early next month. If Albert leaves in free agency, Joeckel then becomes the likely pick. If that is the scenario, the Chiefs better use the money that would have went to Albert on a premium free agent. A simple Albert-Joeckel swap would not be the greatest use of the top choice.

This is an interesting pick. Lotulelei is considered one of the top defensive lineman in the draft. Then again, so was Glenn Dorsey.

The Chiefs will need to fill some holes on their defensive line. DE Tyson Jackson is likely to be sent packing because of contract issues.

Still, I’d rather the Chiefs fill that need in free agency if possible. I think if the team takes another defensive lineman, especially at #1, Kansas City might just explode.

Topics: 2013 Nfl Mock Draft, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Michael Shaw

    This kid is a stud from what little footage I have seen (2 games). I am thinking I would like the pick as long as our #2 is Landry Jones or some other QB to back up and eventually replace Alex Smith. Does anyone think he is maybe eye balling KC?????

    • micah stephenson

      Landry Jones and Alex Smith? When do you think they will have a chance to b a serious super bowl contender with ether one of them at QB? So let Tamba, DJ, Charles, Bowe and others get a yr older cus we have another “Matt Cassel” at QB? so get a QB good enuff to get us 7 wins and pick 15 in next yrs draft wen the top 3 QBs will go top ten for the 3rd yr in a row. I got a ideal. Draft a QB (Geno) at pick 1 not another stupid DT!!!

      • Calchiefsfan

        Landry Jones I thought might be a sleeper until I saw him in the Senior Bowl. Alex Smith is way better than Cassel. Watching Smith play last year and the first half of this year and then watching Cassel was like night and day. Cassel’s best year, 2010, he had a QB rating of 93. Smith had a 104 rating when he got injured then lost his job to Kaepernick.
        I’m not sure Smith is a good fit for Reid’s system but if Reid thought he could work with him I’d like to see Alex Smith and Geno Smith in a Chief uniform next year.

        • Cha-iefs

          Why would Smith not be a good fit for Reid’s system? They would be GREAT together.

          • Brody Hall

            Alex has proven that he struggles in a new system. Not to mention if the guy was so great why was the 9ers drafting QB in round 2 when they got kapernick?… Then replaced at the drop of a hat. U DRAFT GENO AND NOBODY ELSE. and until someone has some facts to back up he is not worthy of the first pick ill keep calling them retarded!

          • Calchiefsfan

            I don’t know, I read something, I forget where, that Alex Smith’s style would not be effective in Reid’s system. I think it had to do with Smith needing a sound running attack to fully utilize the play action and Reid doesn’t rely on a big running game to run his offense. But like I said, I’ll let Reid be the judge of that and hope that opinion is wrong. A. Smith would be a big improvement over anything we’ve seen since the Trent Green years.
            Even though it would be nice to have, we don’t need an elite QB to go to the Super Bowl. Trent Green could have taken us there if we had been able to field any kind of defense when he was playing.

  • Desiree

    Brandon Williams of Missouri Southern would be a better (and lower) pick.

    • superman_25_58

      Wanna talk about a dude that might have a chip on his shoulder coming from lonely MSSU in Joplin, MO, Good strong, physical D-lineman with a good motor. I agree he just might be a sleeper.

  • Calchiefsfan

    The knock on Lotulelei is that he wears out in the second half and takes a lot of plays off.

    • Darkwolf1414

      I don’t know if that’s true or not but that’s what I heard, too. The talking heads all said the same thing about Poe last year. However, if you actually watched Poe’s college games, for yourself, you would see that he never gave up. That kid was still going full bore every play. Even when his team was getting the tar beat out of them in the 4th qtr. I don’t listen to much the talking heads have to say. I pick up names that are mentioned then find & watch game film and study the stats myself.
      If you notice, prior to the draft the draftniks all said Poe took plays off and “disappeared” often in games. When the Chiefs picked him; all of the sudden he has a good motor and should be a good pick.

      • Calchiefsfan

        I thought about Poe when I was writing that. You’re probably right. I get tired of the talking heads hearing some rumor then endlessly repeating it. I wish I had the time to research it myself. You’d think the sports guys, who do this for a living, would have some independent thoughts.

        • Darkwolf1414

          It’s much easier to regurgitate something someone else said than for them to research it themselves. Also, if they put themselves out on a limb and say something counter to what the rest of the jabberwockies say, they could be ostracized or lose their job. That’s a silly notion. The weird thing is, you can read all of the articles and watch all these shows about prospects. Then, when the kid is drafted highly or turns out to be an absolute stud the talking heads all say that they had called it. If you then go back to the articles you will often see that the draftniks had been down on the guy and just figure that people will not go back and check.

    • GoJoeBruinUCLA

      As a Pac-12 guy, I can say that Lotulelei is the real deal and the moments where he “disappears” are a result of teams adjusting mightily to him. In his game against USC, he nearly-singlehandedly gave Utah a multiple-touchdown lead with forced fumble after sack after sack after sack. At about halftime, USC decided to just throw the entire o-line at him (an exaggeration, but still) and he was then negated. USC went on to win that game 38-28. Against UCLA, he was an absolute nightmare but in that context, it’s fair to note that UCLA’s offensive line is something Lotulelei would eat for breakfast.

      So there’s that.

  • Cha-iefs

    Is the plan for this guy to play a 5 technique like Haloti Ngata ? Is he able to do this? I hear he’s strong as heck. It’d help in the run game and it’d be fun to have him {Star} and Poe pushing Offensive linemen around. I’m not sure this would be the best pick though. it’s wait and see now with FA. Thats going to determine what KC does in the draft.

    • Darkwolf1414

      I don’t want you to think I’m attacking you. I’m agreeing with you but adding a little bit.
      It was ridiculous for Pioli to take a 5 technique with the 3rd overall pick (Tyson Jackson) in 09. Why the hell would it be a smart idea to pick a 5 technique with the 1st overall? A 3-4 DE doesn’t get a lot of sacks so his production of keeping OL off the linebackers isn’t quantitative in relation to being taken with the 1st overall pick. Besides, the defense played pretty stinking well last year seeing as how they were on the field 90% of every game. The only pick that makes sense is one that works toward fixing the offense. I’m on the Geno bandwagon BIG TIME but if Dorsey and Reid view another QB draft prospect as being better and take him; at least they addressed the massive purple with pink polka dotted elephant in the room.

      • mnelson52

        If you go back and check the stats, (which I did) the offense actually won time of possession in 7 of the 1st 8 games. I didn’t check past that. They could move the ball. They just couldn’t score enough to win. Their turnovers kept giving opponents a short field to often.

        • Darkwolf1414

          You may be right on that. I guess I only remember the last 8 games where they couldn’t get a 1st down to save their lives.

  • Adrian Morales

    cmon people alex smith hes good enuff to be a back up

  • Adrian Morales

    and no dont take this guy trade down we really need help in the secondary another safety or 2 and 2 corners thats what we need… tyson jackson should understand along with glen dorsey that they came in before the rookie salary cap hit so a downgrade in contract should not be that big of a deal

  • Adrian Morales

    but cmon alex smith are you serious if that happens i will no longer be a chiefs fan that would be a joke to me

  • Brody Hall

    the same people who say KC would be reaching to take Geno have him going top five lmao… Experts = JACK SQUAT! And just say what is curently being said… One says Geno is not worthy they all say it. Come combine Geno will “prove” he is worthy because it will he even more obvious KC can’t pass on this kid! And ill be saying… No shit!

  • ArrowFan

    Why is it so hard to imagine Geno at #1?

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