“I did have a chance to look at him, and I’ll tell you, he’s a pretty good football player,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of Joeckel on Thursday at the NFL’s annual scouting combine. “I haven’t had an opportunity to meet him. I look forward to having that opportunity.”
Reid also didn’t discount trading out of the No. 1 pick.
“We’re going to evaluate everything,” he said. “We’re just not going to give it away, so we’d have to see what people throw our way. It’s a pretty valuable pick.”
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen stated on NFL 32 Thursday that he believes Nick Foles could be acquired for a third-round pick.
Foles-to-Kansas City is the obvious connection because Andy Reid drafted Foles and the Chiefs need a quarterback. (Desperately.) “I do believe there is some substance to the desire to talk to the Eagles about Nick Foles,” said Mort. “I think it’d take probably a third-rounder to get Foles. So I wouldn’t close the door on that.” In an ideal world, the Chiefs could acquire Foles for a third-rounder, re-sign Dwayne Bowe, and perhaps draft Luke Joeckel at No. 1 overall.
Chicago has been linked to a number of offensive tackles in the 2013 NFL Draft class, but if they could get their hands on Albert, it would fill a need while allowing the team to look in another direction during April’s draft.
Evan Silva of ProFootballTalk.com shares the belief that Albert could be a top target for the Bears.
“If Branden Albert hits market, tackle-needy Bears are logical suitor. GM Phil Emery was Chiefs scouting director when Albert was drafted,” Silva wrote on Twitter.
If Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel winds up being the No. 1 overall pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2013 draft, he’ll at least be headed to a comfortable environment.
“I’ve been to Kansas City one time before,” Joeckel said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. “Loved the barbecue there.”
Spoken like a true Texan.
“He’s the ultimate grinder, like never stops,” said Schneider of Dorsey. “Loves, loves, loves college football, the tradition of it, the pageantry, he loves going to the games. He can’t get enough college football.
“And he’s huge on tradition, so being able to go to Kansas City for him, really hard to leave green bay having played there and everything, but if there were a team to go to with that type of tradition, really excited for him.”
Gary Barbaro received the news today that he will be inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at Arrowhead Stadium at a date yet to be determined this October.
Kansas City Chiefs president and CEO, Clark Hunt, delivered the news to Barbaro by phone Thursday afternoon.
Barbaro, a New Orleeanian, spent seven seasons with the Chiefs, earning All-Pro honors on three occasions. He still holds the club record with a 102-yard interception for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks (off Jim Zorn on December 11, 1977).
As for what the Chiefs should do with their first-round pick, the first in the draft, Peterson said he would leave that to Reid and Dorsey.
“That’s not my concern anymore,” Peterson said. “I’ll tell you what they ought to do: Take the best player available, the best player you have rated regardless of position.
“It certainly is an important pick. The first-round draft choices are always important but the higher you pick the more important it is. You don’t want to make a mistake because it does reflect on the future of the franchise. A lot of pressure there but I think Andy and John will get it done.”
“Just because there’s not a quarterback that everybody now doesn’t think is worth the No. 1 pick doesn’t mean you can’t get a quarterback,” Polian said. “Nobody thought Russell Wilson was worth a third-round pick except a couple of us. He turned out to be a pretty good quarterback.
“You always go for the best player. It’s foolish to go for need and Andy won’t do that.”