Dorsey Says Chiefs Could Re-Sign Branden Albert, Draft Luke Joeckel

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Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey is at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine and he has gone on the record as saying that the team could re-sign LT Branden Albert and draft top tackle prospect Luke Joeckel with the No.1 overall pick.

Dorsey talked with Adam Teicher, Chiefs beat reporter for the Kansas City Star, Saturday. According to Teicher, Dorsey said everything is on the table.

From the Star:

“Then you have great competition at left tackle,’’ said Dorsey, speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine, of the combination of re-signing Albert and drafting Joeckel . “Who’s to say both of those guys are locked in to playing left tackle? Maybe one plays left guard, center, right guard, right tackle. You put your best five offensive linemen out there.

“There are so many options out there right now. Anything is possible.’’

Can you imagine what would happen if the Chiefs drafted Joeckel after re-sgning Branden Albert? I think the whole of Kansas City would go insane.

Dorsey believes in taking the best player available. That means even if he already has a solid starter at a position or even if that position is deep, he will keep adding to it.

I think the best player available option works pretty well if you already have a franchise QB and a pretty good team but the Chiefs have neither of those things. You don’t take a tackle with the first pick in the draft after you pay another tackle top dollar to play the position. Branden Albert wants top dollar and if the Chiefs pay him he won’t be moving inside. As for Joeckel, KC isn’t going to take him and then make him a guard either.

At this point, I think it is pretty safe to ignore most of what John Dorsey says. We won’t, of course, because our job is to bring you the goings-on in Chiefs Nation but I’d take most of what the GM says this time of year with a gigantic grain of salt.

Topics: John Dorsey, Kansas City Chiefs, Luke Joeckel

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  • Matt Dickson

    It’s very possible the Chiefs could draft Joeckel to play LT and move Albert to RT. Winston is playing on a very modest contract and was inconsistant last year at RT with at least one penalty or false start in most starts. Point is, you could move him inside to OG where he’d excell and have your bookened OTs in Joeckel and Albert.

    All that does is give the Chiefs tremendous depth and talent along their offensive line, with a good mix of young and veteran players.

    A top tier OL isn’t such a bad thing going into a season with at least one rookie QB. Besides, what were to happen if we resigned Albert, passed on Joeckel and then Albert’s back went out midseason? We’d be hating ourselves for passing on a franchise LT for a lesser player.

    • chiefridgy

      Isn’t it hard to switch sides?

      • berttheclock

        Apparently, not for Benedict Arnold. However, look at the Bengals, where, the massive Andre Smith has become a far better RT than he was as a LT.

      • Darkwolf1414

        Yes, it can be very hard to switch from one Tackle position to the other. Not to mention that RT and LT take different skill sets. Some guys can switch between the two positions (they are generally better at one than the other) but it is less a question of athletic ability than being used to playing one side or the other. Think about playing baseball and always batting right handed then one day try to switch hit. You know all the mechanics when you’re batting righty but it’s hard to translate it to lefty. It is difficult like that but to a slightly lesser extent.

    • Canad-Ian

      Albert is more of a finesse tackle which isn’t ideal for the right side

    • http://gplus.to/Tarkus Tarkus

      Winston had 5 false starts and 2 holding penalties for the year (not one in most starts). The Chiefs also ran for 4.8 yards per carry to his side, vs. 3.3 yards per carry to the left side. He’s a solid RT, and it would be crazy to move him, just as it would be crazy to move Albert. You don’t get better by moving good players, or creating holes only so you can fill them.

      • Chief Hokie

        This

      • steve james

        +1 Albert has said he isn’t moving. Why would he?

    • micah stephenson

      You wud b hating yoself. Id b ok with Stephenson playing again like last yr.

    • berttheclock

      Albert’s strength is pass blocking, not run blocking. Winston is a far better run blocker. But, the irony is had only Pioli drafted Veldheer, who, is rated as the 11 best LT (Albert is the 13th), Albert could have been moved to his natural position of guard (Pioli took Asamoah one pick before Velheer). As for Stephenson, he has been rated at 26th for his work last season and still needs multiple hours upon hours in the weight room as he lacks strength.

      • http://gplus.to/Tarkus Tarkus

        SMH. Albert’s natural position is LT. That’s where he’s been practicing and playing for the last five years at the highest level. The only reason he played guard in college (which again, was 6 years ago), was so D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Eugene Monroe could play LT. Enough with that meme!

        • Danny W

          Do you think Albert will ever be a pro bowl left tackle? What about at guard?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.wherritt Nick Wherritt

    Why not draft chance warmack? It actually fits a need. And according to the BPA philosophy, it doesn’t matter that a guard typically isn’t drafted high, right? Otherwise they would be taking Geno anyway

    • Canad-Ian

      If Chiefs draft a guard first overall I won’t hear the end of it from my friends… ever. Besides that, what a waste of a second round pick Jeff Allen would be if Warmack and Asamoah are our guards.

    • http://gplus.to/Tarkus Tarkus

      It’s not a need. Asamoah is an excellent RG, and Allen was drafted high in the second round to play the LG position. The Chiefs need depth there, but not a starter.

    • berttheclock

      The center of the offensive line has been the worst place to run for the past two years. Asamoah is undersized and Allen sill has not proven to be that good of a run blocker (Asamoah is even worse trying to pass block as larger defenders have been able to flatten him). To his credit Warmack is considered by many to be a road grader in the run game. Perhaps, not as good a pass blocker as DeCastro. What has lowered his draft status by some is scouts say he can’t be moved to tackle.

  • micah stephenson

    If he signs Albert and drafts Joke-ol instead of Geno. Then Dorsey will suck even more than Piss-oli. I guess Dorsey rather have free agent QB Matt More and a 2nd or 3rd rd QB like Landry Jones instead of Geno Smith? :(

  • Doug McD

    Nice piece Patrick. I think all of the info as you say should be taken with salt. It is too early to tell what they are thinking even when we listen to what they say. We are real close to watching the chess pieces get moved around. Just as we saw when they let Boss and Breston go. It is a slow process and we are impatient want it now people. If indeed the overall thought is that the current class of QB’s are what they are, then the team would be better off in the long haul to not take one as the first pick. As much as I want one we need to think a little more long term ( as much as I hate too ). Reid and Dorsey know what they are doing and it will be much more clear in 2-3 years. It takes time to build quality depth at several positions. I want it now as much as anyone!

    • berttheclock

      I agree with your Reid-Dorsey assessment. Interesting that last year, both were very much involved with their respective drafts and the Eagles and GB made a trade together. GB was at 59, but, wanted to move up to 51 to take Worthy out of Michigan State. So, they gave the Eagles a 4th and moved up. Worthy played very well for the Packers, while, Reid added Curry for the defensive line and a CB.

  • Timothy Dittemore

    I smell smoke!

  • Chief Hokie

    Bottom line: someone is going to pay Albert LT money, and that’s where Albert is going to sign. Let’s hope it’s the chiefs.

    • Danny W

      Albert is not top five, I would give him 9 a year but not top five coin.

  • [email protected]

    I believe Andy Reid and Dorsey want to take best availabe. That’s why you take the Guard from Alabama! This guy is a beast that would penetrate the line and open up big lanes for Charles. Its not common for a guard to be drafted this high..but this is a special kind of player. Someone on nfl network was saying that Chance Warmack is a Will Shields comparasent. We need a player like that for the next 10 plus years to dominate his position.

    • http://gplus.to/Tarkus Tarkus

      David DeCastro was a better guard prospect (called a once in a decade prospect) and he wasn’t drafted until the 24th pick of the first round. Why? Because guards are not impact players. They’re role players. It would be the height of insanity to draft a guard — any guard — first overall.

      • berttheclock

        Steve Hutchinson was very much of an impact player. Of course, the Seahawks did have Walter Jones in place.

    • Danny W

      The guard position is great but it’s not lock down Left Tackle.

  • Troy Utt

    Would someone pick up Albert if he was released? You Bet! But I seriously doubt anyone is going to pay top 5 money for a tackle who has been in the league 5years, and only played one 16 game season! Don’t get me wrong… I LOVE MY CHIEFS! (And Albert) But… I call it like I see it… No different with the QB situation…Yes we need one… and after watching Geno play most every game this year I have no doubt that he is NOT the leader we are looking for! As opposed to many who will watch a few hi-lite clips & decide one is the ‘jonny come lately” I never thought he was a #1 pick, let alone the best QB in the draft! I was thinking more T Wilson, some rankings / score – cards have EJ Manuel as the top ranked QB! WHO KNOWS!!!

    • Danny W

      Way to put it all out there.

      • Troy Utt

        $You know how it is… Sometimes you just can’t get off the soapbox! Much as you are saying I have been as well since early on and getting blasted for my opinion of Geno & calling Albert & Bowe like I see it! Bowe is another I could care less if he returned, as you never know which player is going to show up! Between his inconsistent play & attitude… I say pay the $$ to someone else as Bowe is expected to run us in the 5yr $55.55m range! Not to mention how very vocal he has been about wanting out of KC! Even if we drop the tag on em’ we are/looking at approx. $10m

        • Darkwolf1414

          Where has Bowe been very vocal about wanting out of KC? He has said that he wants to stay in KC and wants to retire as a Chief. If you call it like you see it then you need to have your “eyes” checked.

          • Troy Utt

            Whoa Robert… Know that “I Love my Chiefs” and am not going to throw a comment out for the sake of it! Going back to negotiations & thru when he was tagged both ESPN & The local ABC station were reporting as comments from Bowe, & his agents that “He wanted out of KC!” This was questioned as the agents putting it out there playing good cop / bad cop in an article I believe Dec 2012 Nfl.com… Which also happens to be his “I want to retire a Chief!” I lost a limb…but my eyes & ears are just fine…lol

          • Darkwolf1414

            LOL, I read those articles and heard the reporting, as well. The comments were attributed to an “unknown source” and thus can be thrown into the category of “reporters” creating news instead of merely reporting it. If it can be flagged as Bowe’s agents playing good cop / bad cop then why mention it? Give Bowe a good QB and there is no reason for him to want to leave if he gets paid. People are saying that we should get Wallace from the Steelers, which will cost about the same as Bowe but Wallace has been more inconsistent.

          • Troy Utt

            What is your take from the first wave from the combine? I don’t think anything has really changed at this point…The receiving corp actually looks a bit deeper than what I thought it was, then again there wasn’t a whole lot of hype going in much past the “big names”…

          • Darkwolf1414

            I wasn’t surprised by what Geno Smith did at the combine. I WAS surprised that the commentators couldn’t even agree on whether he showed good touch on his throws or not. Brian Billick said no and a few others said yes. I say yes but who am I, huh? LOL That’s the conundrum with this year’s class of QBs. All the “experts” are watching the same things but seeing it differently. I just don’t get it. Saw some good things from a few of the other QBs. I actually did quite a bit of scouting when I was doing the Mock Draft challenge. There are some really good players at WR, CB, ILB and RB to be had in the mid to later rounds. There are some guys I looked at who aren’t even supposed to be drafted that look pretty stinking good. I wanted to watch the combine today but my wife and I own a business and I had a lot to get done. I read that Manti T’eo didn’t look very good.

            I would agree with you that not much has changed from the combine. Most people performed how they were expected to. Aside from a few O-linemen running some good 40s it was kind of anticlimactic. I enjoyed watching it but there was no one who just launched themselves up the draft board.

          • Troy Utt

            Combined out yet? The news you read in regards to Teo would be a very correct assesment! He pretty much fumbled his was thru…but he was not alone! I was very surprised at how poorly Miliner did during the drills! I’m sure most can be written off to nerves, but it makes you wonder if that shoulder is bothering him more than has been divulged? With the multitude of possibilities (combinations) the Chiefs have looking at the QB position I was mildly intrigued by Bray. I will qualify that also by saying as a project, should they bring in Alex Smith… Speaking of what is your take on that situation?

          • Troy Utt

            For some reason this conversation popped up in my que… I got to reading our exchange about Alex Smith & Tyler Bray from 3 months ago… Funny how that turned out!!! The Chiefs wind up with both QB’s on their roster, as well the top ranked OL… What was your take?

  • Danny W

    I’ve always seen Albert as a pro bowl guard but I think he’s reached his ceiling as a tackle. I wouldn’t mind a bit at this point if Joeckel were the Lt and Albert were a guard. I think we would have a line to contend with San Fran and their line. I’m thinking Reid may want to do this with Dorsey because they both came from squads with line problems. Green Bay needs a left tackle, and Philly’s line is as porous as they come. By drafting Joeckel and signing Albert they assure themselves this mistake is not repeated. I’m about 95% sure at this point they’re going to draft Luke Joeckel, the only thing that would keep them from it is a trade offer.

  • Joe Myers

    the only reason why im leaving a comment is because it involves my conquest to get geno smith drafted . I’m going to see how he does at the combine if he’s solid and they dont say nothing or even give a hint im going to arrowhead to protest . I urge others to do the same if you want Geno or not . Let your voice be heard
    it would be stupid if they where to do that just sign Jake long for a better deal (he dipped a lil bi last year) and draft Luke move him over to the right (no periods keep up with me) let Winston go or right guard (not likely) bring in Alex smith or nick foles (still no period) and draft lest say a Glennon (ok hear we go chiefs kingdom) . (boom their it is ) even if it is Albert on one side and like on the other yes it is a really good offensive line . And a great running game . And a good QB right . 2003 we had a mirrored team BUT we had a hall of fame O line and a great QB nd a cold running game couldn’t do it not with Trent green a ageing Joe Montana, derrick Thomas and the big red turn over machine . we have a great coaching staff sooooooo much talent we need a QB that can make the throw on every level Geno smith can make the throw on every level . When I say every level I mean deep ball mid ball short ball deep ball in the clutch or on the fly mid ball on the clutch or on the fly ect…. You seen it I seen it you got to give credit where credit is due . Better stats then rg3 shown a willingness’to work hard be a leader and stand in the pocket deliver the ball and take the hit keep the play going and get the first down GENO SMITH #1 .

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