Luke Joeckel On Being Drafted By The Chiefs: It’d Be A Dream Come True’

Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A

The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock and will soon be deciding which player they will select No. 1 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Most experts believe KC will select one of the top tackles in the draft, either Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher.

Speaking recently with John McMullen of The Sports Network, Joeckel reflected on his excitement entering the draft.

“It’s just crazy to think about,” Joeckel said. “Starting football in the second grade, you don’t really think about that kind of stuff.”

While it is one thing just to be draft, having the potential to be taken No. 1 overall is something else entirely. The concept is not lost on Joeckel.

“It would be really cool. A dream come true,” Joeckel added. ” But the way I’m just looking at it, I want to get there. I am definitely striving to be the No. 1 pick, going through this entire process. But my dream is to just play in the NFL.”

Joeckel should be excited to join the Chiefs. Then again, I’d guess he’d be equally excited to join the Jaguars should Jacksonville be picking No. 1.

In the QB era, it is pretty rare for a tackle to be taken at the top of the draft.

While it seems pretty obvious that the Chiefs will take a tackle, I admit I am totally clueless as to what they will do. As far as I can tell, KC could be just as interested in Fisher as they are in Joeckel.

Thankfully, we only have to wait a few more weeks for this to all play out.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • http://www.facebook.com/AmericanWolfx Michael Tavis

    The draft is going to be such an event this year. I can not wait!

    • Derek

      if the pick is joeckle, like us, you’ll throw your drink at your TV…I’m actualy afraid to watch the draft since wihtout a second we really won’t get anything worth noting in this draft unless we can get bailey at least in the 3rd or even kiko alonso or kyle long even? those are prospects i would like in the 3rd or mathieu in the 4th or 5th even…otherwise if you’re a chiefs fan if the first pick is joeckle you’re probably just going to turn off the tv lol

      • Chris Tarrants

        Yep I can see a shattered remote in my house coming very soon lol

      • dominicscarlatti

        If you’re a Chiefs fan and you turn off the set after our first pick is announced, it would most likely be because we don’t have another pick until the top of the third round, on day 2. Unless, of course, we find a taker for BA – Branden “Bad Attitude” Albert !

        • redchiefs

          I hate whiny franchise tagged “professional” football players who don’t show up knowing they’re being paid top 5 money.

          • dominicscarlatti

            Compare and contrast how Albert and Bowe have reacted to the tag. One is a whiner with a massive chip on his shoulder, and other was a class act, from start to finish. Oh, and Bowe got his contract, and a very nice one at that.

        • Jim Harper

          I think he may still go to Miami. I think they are posturing to get a better price. I can see this playing out nicely. We keep out pick and gain our 2nd round pick back. Then by gaining 9.8 mil in cap space we get our RT in free agency. The only potential trade partner I can see us getting would be Philly which would be ideal. They have interest in Geno and Vick is a short term answer.Jacksonville might take him at #2 so if they want him they trade up to us. Could happen.

      • Jason Seibel

        All the meat of this draft is in the 3rd round…the round which we have two picks in.

        • Derek

          well yes our compensatory won’t get much value maybe another tackle or possibly an ILB but if we want bailey we’ll have to use the early pick to grab him so yeah there’s not that many options by that time

        • Jim Harper

          That is very true.

      • Jim Harper

        I encourage you to watch the draft at some bar then, so you don’t destroy anything in your own house.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I’m going to be VERY disappointed if we just finished a 2-14 season… To claim the #1 pick in the NFL Draft (for the first time EVER)… To use it on a left tackle.

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.hall.528 Robert Hall

      I know. We already receive minimal national TV time outside the KC area and I don’t foresee the big networks tuning/ or even game breaking to see the CHIEFS MUMBER ONE OVERALL PICK left tackle. They are good players and gladly would have any of them. Just not this high. We need to take Geno or trade down and still get a left tackle.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        The opportunities we had to trade down have all dried up.

        Philly’s the ONLY team who’d have any interest in trading up.
        Now that Arizona, Buffalo, and Oakland have secured a quarterback, they’ll have their pick of anyone not named Geno Smith.

        • Derek

          i disagree….do you really think those QB’s will be anythign other than solid Back-up plans? No way, Someone grabs geno by pick 8 at the latest and Grooms him for less than a year or just this one season at most and he becomes the starter there for the next 5 years….we KC fans can just watch with pain and anger lol. But the more I learn/read about Jordan I do still get excited for this season…but if they pick a tackle this draft loses all interest for me granted I love a lot of players in this draft especially xhavier rhodes and matt elam and star lotuelie but all will go to other teams and have wonderful careers. I am curious to see what happens to matt scott I really liked that kid as a project but he won’t be available to KC either and neither will any top talent next season so this is the one shot at teh QB of the future without having to pull an oakland and selling the farm. It’s a gamble either way so I’ll be asolutely thrilled if they pick Geno but i’ll be definitely excited to see Jordan live up to his potential but does he really fit a 3-4 scheme??

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Palmer, Kolb, and Flynn all have 2013 numbers somewhere in the $5m range. That’s too high for them not to be taken seriously as starters. I don’t think any of those acquisitions will keep those teams from drafting a quarterback, but they won’t use a high R1 to get one.

          • KCMikeG

            Trading opportunities extend beyond QB to OT and DL. R&D will pull off a trade yet. Palmer is the only one with a chance at being more than a 1 year stop gap to give them to time to develop either a draft pick like Geno or someone on their roster. There is NO one on their rosters. There is serious fall off from QB1 or QB2 to the rest of the class so unless they want to spend a round #2 for a future back up then trading up is their only option. That and waiting to try to get lucky in the draft next year.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Who’s going to trade up to take Joeckel or Dion Jordan?
            You can find just as much talent, for better value, by drafting those positions later in the round.

          • KCMikeG

            They are only a better value IF they’re still there. Jax, Steelers for Jordan. Brownies, Eagles, Bills or Jets for Geno. Eagles, dolts & Fins for LT #1-3

          • Stacy D. Smith

            There are other players who play those positions. Guys like Lane Johnson and Ziggy Ansah (who I think will be a better fit for the Chiefs).

          • micah stephenson

            Nobody. Some fans act like LT is MORE important than a QB but aint nobody trading up for a LT. QB mayby but not LT.

          • Jason Seibel

            I’m going to laugh when Geno doesn’t get picked by the Bills at 8 and free falls into the second round.

          • Derek

            you can’t be serious thinking he won’t go AT ALL in the first….

          • Derek

            personally Geno as-is is a late first-early second round project as is manuel but that is comparing to last year’s class. In this years class and with so many QB struggles as of late he of course has to go in the 1st and within top-10 i’m 99% sure of

          • Jim Harper

            That would be funny, but won’t happen

          • redchiefs

            Ryan Leaf was a sure thing. If the Chiefs can fix the O Line this year to make it as good as our O line was under Vermeil, then I have to arguments to the QBs we have now. If they don’t fix the line, it doesn’t matter who is under center, they’re going to be running for their life all season long.

          • Derek

            rigth but the o-line can’t be addressed in later rounds?

          • Jim Harper

            Damn straight

          • ArrowFan

            We have been fixing the O line for 3 years now.

          • micah stephenson

            We drafted Albert to play LT 5 yrs ago. 5 yrs later we still looking to draft a LT? We aint drafted a QB 1st rd n 30 yrs. We need Geno.

          • micah stephenson

            As good as our oline was under Vermiel? So are you saying all A.Smith needs is Hall of Fame, pro bowl, all pro Willie Roaf, pro bowl, all pro Brian Waters, the young Iron man, probowl, C.Wiegman, pro bowl, all pro, Will Shields, 1st rd draft pick Tait, pro bowl, all pro TE Tony G, pro bowl FB T.Richardson and monster blocker TE Jason Dunn to b good? Lol

      • Don417

        Why would you want the Chiefs to take Genobust? You mustbe a raiders fan. Geno will be flippin burgers with Pat White in 4 yrs. Hahahaha.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Except the part where Geno Smith had a much better college career and will be drafted more than a round higher than White. Aside from that, great comparison.

    • Bosco Cletus

      I agree man, we were just one year too late, woulda been sweet to have Luck.

      • micah stephenson

        Do you think it wud b sweet to hav Geno Smith?

        • Michael Shaw

          Nope.

        • Bosco Cletus

          About as sweet as Akili Smith.

          • micah stephenson

            Well its always a few haters.

    • berttheclock

      Yeah, imagine how those St Louis Rams fans felt in ’97, when Vermeil traded away a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and a 4th to move up to Number One and take Orlando Pace. It only took a SB win to make them forget such a move. But, it sure helped both Green and Warner when they arrived to have their respective blind sides protected

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Too bad we don’t have a Kurt Warner to make this a real comparison.

        • redchiefs

          Kurt Warner was a back up QB. He was in the right place at the right time. Frankly Alex Smith might now be in the right place at the right time too. So if Either Tackle is #1 on the Chiefs board, we might just be as lucky as the Rams were drafting Orlando Pace, and having the right QB on the team to run the system the CHIEFS have in place.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Aaron Rodgers was a backup too. Not sure I understand the argument. He was a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback in waiting. Purely circumstantial.

            I understand the importance of left tackle, but that hardly means drafting one at 1.1 is the only way to skin that cat.

          • redchiefs

            Just trying to point out to Stacy that we never know when or if any QB, or any football player, will take that big step up. Stacy is trying to say Alex Smith will never be in a Super Bowl. It’s not a given that Alex Smith, Drew Brees, or any other player will go to the Super Bowl.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I’m not in any position to say that Alex Smith can’t take a team to the Super Bowl. He was very close just two years ago. I’m simply saying that he’s in no way comparable to Kurt Warner.

          • Chief Hokie

            I’ll go ahead and take one for the team and say that Alex Smith will never win a superbowl.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            That wouldn’t sting so much if he was still in San Francisco.

          • steve james

            I think he will and I will be there to see it!

          • micah stephenson

            Lol. Funny. Lol

    • Donkeyhater

      The sad truth is its a very Chief year to have the #1 pick. Who else could miss out on the best qb draft in at least a decade by 1 year? Not to mention there’s not even a can’t miss prospect either for consolation. I freaking hate the Colts!

      • Stacy D. Smith

        We’re in position to get a special quarterback prospect this year. I’m not at all crying in my beer about missing out on Luck. Geno Smith is there and I believe he’ll be a special NFL QB as well.

        • Donkeyhater

          I hope some team thinks he’ll be special and gives us a good return to come up and get him. With the Alex Smith trade I don’t see any way the Chiefs take him.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            If they think he’s the “best player available”, they’ll take him.

    • micah stephenson

      I feel the same way. We finally got the #1 pick and can finally draft the best QB available and nobody can stop us. We dont have to trade 2 or 3 1st rd picks to move up to get him. Next yr we wont b able to draft the top 3 QBs. So if we dont get Geno now I think we will b stuck with Alex for yrs and I will lose hope on the Chiefs ever having enuff guts to draft a 1st rd QB.

      • Jim Harper

        So Micah, does that mean that you think Alex Smith is going to win a bunch of ball games since we won’t ever have this high a draft pick again?

        • micah stephenson

          I think A.Smith has 8-8 or 9-7 seasons in him. Cowboys and Steelers went 8-8 last yr. They hav pick 17 & 18 in the draft. Too low to get the top 3 QBs next yr without trading a bunch of picks. I got to get over the trading a bunch of picks parts. If it takes 2 or 3 1st to get the QB so b it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Iznontek Ian French

      The opportunity that comes perhaps only once in a generation and we use it on a LT… When we already have a great LT. Neh. Why in the &$@# is this such a popular idea? Joeckel is not the most valuable player in this draft, despite how good he is at his position. This pick makes especially less sense when you consider that that BAlbert is solid aaand this draft is deep in tackles. You don’t use THE #1 PICK to replace an already strong position. It’s like trading the number 1 pick for some cap space and whatever pick you may get from Albert. Will a LT make more of an impact on our team than any other player in the ENTIRE draft? BPA considers positional value, not just overall talent.

      • micah stephenson

        I agree. Besides winning its a bizness. Who is gon sell more tickets Geno or Luke? Who wud ESPN want to keep track of all yr long Geno or Luke? Geno is waaaaay more marketable and I KNOOOOOW the chiefs understand making money.

        • dominicscarlatti

          Making critical personnel decisions based on marketing strategy considerations is a surefire recipe for disaster. Then again, if you were the President of the Matt Cassel Fan Club, one might expect such a ridiculous comment from you. Oh that’s right, you were…

    • http://twitter.com/tantrim Tom Antrim

      You are going to be disappointed.

  • Canad-Ian

    People talk about taking a QB or pass rusher with the first pick cuz those are the impact positions. I want Dion Jordan but I won’t be totally disappointed if the pick is a left tackle. If a pass rusher is an impact position then having a line who stops those guys must also be an impact position.

    • http://powellbailbonds.weebly.com/ big chief

      Jordan is an olb. If they take him who sits, Houston or Hali? Not a needed position unless you think he could play inside.

      • Michael Shaw

        With his coverage skills I would start him inside in a heartbeat!!! I think he would be a better pick than Joeckel since we have Albert, but who knows. Maybe they trade BA away AND trade down and still get Fisher, Johnson or Jordan???!!!!

  • Derek

    i’ll be honest…I didn’t even read this article…I just wanted to ask is there anyone that even cares abotu joeckle in KC?? honestly dion or eugene are the impact players and fisher is jsut the better prospect so who is still happy to write or read about luke joke-l?

    • micah stephenson

      Not me. Joke-Ol is a waste of a pick.

    • dominicscarlatti

      I was under the impression you don’t read any of the articles. Head straight to the comments and rant away! Heck, at least you’re entertaining, though not intentionally.

  • Bosco Cletus

    Mayock just recently put Fisher above Joeckel, he said he gets beat across his body too often and that Fisher has a higher upside that could potentially make him far better than Luke.

    • berttheclock

      One concern is the ability to handle bull rushes which are used more against the West Coast. Our two OGs have been weak against such rushes by bigger defensive players. Supposedly, Fisher may be better to handle such a bull rush than Joeckel.

      • Bosco Cletus

        Fisher does appear to have a little more of a nasty streak than Luke does, and his Senior Bowl performance was near flawless according to the experts.

    • http://powellbailbonds.weebly.com/ big chief

      I like Fisher better. Joekel seems to have pretty static feet. He shows some sloppy technique at times.

    • Jim Harper

      Mayock also went on to say he thought both would be all pros. Even Albert has not achieved that yet.

  • berttheclock

    Just an aside, but, did anyone else read Mellinger’s column at the Star, this AM. Noticed something that would have never been conceivable by Disaster Pioli. Mentioned Dorsey and some his staff sitting outside Oklahoma Joe’s waiting for their orders and kibbitzing with fans of the Chiefs. What a breath of fresh air hitting One Arrowhead.

    • Bosco Cletus

      I bet ole Scotty boy refused to wait in line for 40 minutes and speak with Chief fans. Like he said, Carl had an ego, but people liked working for him, Scott fired them all.

    • redchiefs

      You can say that again. Dorsey is truly happy to be here, and just loves being part of the Chiefs Kingdom. He is honest and engaging. Clark Hunt seems to have hit the big times, and we all get to come along for the ride!

  • Jim Harper

    I am surprised to hear that so many people think drafting a LT is only slightly above drafting a water boy. I understand the disappointment of not going 2-14 a year earlier. It would have been awesome to have gotten RG3 or Andrew Luck. I don’t know if it will make any of you feel any better but there is a bright side. If all that had happened one of two things would have taken place. Either we would still have Pioli and that horrible coaching staff or Pioli would have traded out of the spot and we would still have the same situation that we face today. We now have two outstanding people steering the Chiefs ship and I trust them to get us safely to our destination of another Super Bowl championship to Kansas City.

    • berttheclock

      Compare this. One was a highly rated HS OT who went to a major program and excelled with honors. The second was a HS TE who received little notice from major schools and had to go a lesser program. Switched to OT and only NFL personnel knew much about him. The first was drafted at Number 3 in the NFL draft. The second was taken 28th in the same draft. The first was rated in March by BR as the 5th best NFL LT. The second was rated as the 2nd best LT in the NFL. The first is Joe Thomas out of Wisconsin and, now, with the Browns. The second is Joe Staley from Central Michigan and the solid wall for Kaepernick and, formerly, Alex Smith.

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