ESPN draft expert Todd McShay has updated his 2013 NFL Mock Draft and finally, we have a different name at the top for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Now that the Chiefs have locked up LT Branden Albert, McShay thinks they will go with the dreaded defensive lineman pick.
And that lineman will be Star Lotulelei out of Utah.
Analysis: Most people will have OT Luke Joeckel going to the Chiefs, even after they franchised OT Brandon Albert, and I think that’s a viable option. But I’m also convinced that Lotulelei is very much in play for the Chiefs at No. 1. First off, the Chiefs have handled their business on offense with the trade for QB Alex Smith, the re-signing of WR Dwayne Bowe to a five-year deal, and placing the franchise tag on Albert. Don’t be surprised if the focus shifts to defense in April’s draft.
The Chiefs, under new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, will continue to operate out of a base 3-4. By adding Lotulelei at DE alongside former first-round picks in NT Dontari Poe and DE Tyson Jackson, it would give them a tremendously talented young front to build around. This group could become a brick wall versus the run, with Poe and Lotulelei capable of exploiting some one-on-one pass-rushing opportunities as Tamba Hali and Justin Houston grab extra attention on the perimeter.
McShay has a point but we know Kansas City fans are sick to death of defensive lineman. Still, if KC let’s Glenn Dorsey walk in free agency, snagging a top defensive line prospect might be the best way to go.
It should be noted that McShay still doesn’t have a QB going in the top ten. If that scenario would play out, it is possible teams could try to trade back in to the late first round to get their guy. The Chiefs, however, would have a hard time doing that since they reportedly sent their second-round pick to the 49ers for Alex Smith.
Unless the Chiefs somehow acquire a new second-rounder via trade, KC won’t pick again until the top of the third round.
Do you want the Chiefs to select Star?