2013 NFL Draft: Chiefs Set To Select Luke Joeckel, Says Report

According to a report, the Kansas City Chiefs are set on drafting Texas A&M LT Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft set to take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City next week.

The report comes from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports via Roto World:

Sources tell CBS Sports that Texas A&M LT Luke Joeckel “will be” the Chiefs’ pick at No. 1 overall.

Jason La Canfora says the Chiefs strongly considered Central Michigan LT Eric Fisher, but determined that Joeckel — who faced far stiffer competition in the SEC — was a safer pick. Barring an unforeseen turn of events between now and next week, the man who protected Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will be protecting Alex Smith’s blind side as an NFL rookie. Fisher remains a near-lock to go in the top-five.

This all makes perfect sense. The Chiefs are on the verge of dealing LT Branden Albert to the Miami Dolphins. Once the trade goes through, KC will be able to replace Albert with the younger, cheaper and possibly more talented Joeckel.

Here is what La Canfora said:

While this draft does have some alluring tackle prospects, the reality is Luke Joeckel will go first overall, sources said, and Eric Fisher will go in the top five. Miami is high on Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson, who is rising, but if they can land Albert that would free them up, and Arizona and San Diego, picking ahead of the Dolphins, are also high on Johnson, sources said, and Alabama tackle DJ Fluker could also be selected before Miami picks.

KC will likely pick up at least a second-round pick from Miami for Albert, allowing the team some trading chips should they want to trade back into the late first round next Thursday.

As of now, it looks like unless the Chiefs are able to convince some team to trade with them, Joeckel will be the pick.

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hollenbeck.71 Tim Hollenbeck

    Boooooooooooo.
    All this is absolutely stupid. what a complete waste

    • Jason Seibel

      Why?

      • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hollenbeck.71 Tim Hollenbeck

        Trading a known LT and spending the #1 overall on an unknown LT, its not even a lateral move and a total waste of the pick. I don’t care if the guy is joe thomas which he isnt, its not gonna translate to wins because the LT is not that important when it comes to the positions impact on the game. Ask the Browns if having the best LT has given them any more wins.

        • http://www.facebook.com/genemyuk Gene Yuknis

          wake up !!! it all starts with the snap of the ball.

          • http://www.facebook.com/genemyuk Gene Yuknis

            plus, we pick up a young stud, save a shit load of money, and most importantly, pick up a 2nd rounder. there’s a lot of great talent that will be available in that 2nd round.

          • micah stephenson

            Who is the young stud Mia is giving us? We might save about 4-5 million by fiding another LT, not alot of money in the NFL. AND we traded a 1st rd talent to get a 2nd rd talent.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jordanmpollock Jordan Pollock

            We also used that first round talent for 5-years. -_- 4-5 million of cap in the NFL is actually huge, see Sean Smith. We could sign 2 tackles for the price of one. (Joeckel and Clabo)

          • KCMikeG

            Great point!

          • dominicscarlatti

            Thank you. Some fans think NFL teams are playing with Monopoly money.

        • KCinTX

          Will it take Luke 2 years too keep his heels on the ground when a passing play is called? Damn I hate feeling like we are starting over.

        • clay simester

          Actually, LT is one of the most important positions when it comes to impact, along with a pass rusher and cb. And it’s not really a fair comparison when it comes to the Browns because they have so many other problems and are such a nightmare of a franchise

    • Kyle ferguson

      He is the best player in the draft and he plays at what will be our biggest need with that said you can try to make the argument this is the wrong choice or just come to reality

      • ArrowFan

        a biggest need that is self induced

        • http://www.facebook.com/paul.heitman Paul Heitman

          Exactly. When this guy comes into his prime in a few years, and his contract is up, we BETTER pay him.

          • micah stephenson

            Why wud they do that when they can draft somebody younger and cheaper?

          • http://www.facebook.com/paul.heitman Paul Heitman

            I’m assuming this is a joke. Why would we just keep grooming left tackles for other teams?

    • Brody Hall

      Lmao. Ur not even paying any attention to that 2nd round pick we get back. Also with that cap we free up we can still sign someone else. Also what if BA’s back is totally screwed ad is gonna plague him for years to come… Not a waste what so ever!

      • micah stephenson

        His back is fine. Doctors cleared it and Albert is working out already.

        • KCMikeG

          Yes he has been cleared but there are no guarantees that it won’t return or even become a chronic problem. This has to be why we won’t sign him on a long term contract.

          • Suzi Conger

            Agreed Michael

        • Suzi Conger

          Leno, Where is Albert working out? And how strenuous? Not with KCC….

  • Bosco Cletus

    It’s not sexy, but neither is your QB laying on the ground looking up at a defensive linemen. Ask the 49ers how their first round O lineman are doing.

    • micah stephenson

      I bet money Jokel will give up more sacks this yr than Albert will!

    • http://www.facebook.com/alan.chamberlain.9 Alan Chamberlain

      Bosco, ask Niner fans how their season changed switching from Smith to Kap, good O-line or not. My three best friends are all niner fans, I know.

      • Suzi Conger

        Alan, As an X-SF supporter, I can say that the season didn’t change/improve with CK7; ASmith was winning games… most SF9er fans were blinded by the FLASH of CK7; (( I wore sunglasses, so I did not get blinded by the glare, lol )

        In reality AS ’12 season record substantially out rated/ranked CK7; Consider the following: AS = NFL #1 rated QB completion%/accuracy ( yes, superior to PManning….NFL Ranked #3 QB….Offensive Player of the Week, rated 154!!!….Achieved MVP AND ProBowl Nominee ( at time of concussion….Broke SF Franchise record for most consecutive passes with no interceptions…..Scored 40 on Wonderlick Exam; (CK7 only 37, PManning only 28 )…..Superior Success in RedZone (contrary to popular belief ) than CK7…SEE http://www.espn.com “Closer Look at Where SF QB (CK) Fell Short”..a GREAT comparison in RedZone ASmith/CK7 and JFlacco/CK7!!!! Check it out….AS inducted into NFL Hall of Records….. Another GREAT read for you to shed the myths is http://www.arrowheadpride.com ” Breaking Down Alex Smith: From Doubter to Believer “….incredible documentation and coaches film game by game ’12

        AS O-Line QB protection was a paltry nfl ranked 26TH ; (Staley) SF allowed 7th Highest number of Sacks/Rushes/Pressure and LEAST amount of TIME to execute plays/passes (( Harb admitted that he/o-line coaches TOTALLY REVAMPED QB Protection for CK7;;;cONVERSELY, CK , along with PManning, had the luxury of the LOWEST number of Sacks/Rushes/PRESSURE and the LONGEST amount of Time to execute passes/plays!!! AND YET CK7 was only NFL ranked 16TH !! reg. season……CK did not even make the TOP 5 ranked PlayOff QB…. THE TEAM achieved the SuperBowl; the CK7 QB was the weak link; 47% completion first half;…….YIKES, yes that’s right!!!! CK CRUMBLES under Pressure (if he’s not coddled by superb QB protection ) …#1 rated O, #1 (arguably) rated D,,,,Elite receivers, FGore…….MCrabtree post SB game interview said it best…” I agree with the Ref’s Non-Call and, besides the pass/ball was UNCATCHABLE and Out-of-Bounds ” ( YET ANOTHER of CK7′s ‘Strong-Arm Over-Throws ” ) EVEN the Sport Analyzers and Fans at the half were calling for ASmith….If there were no ‘lights out’, the general consensus is that Ravens would have continued ‘creamin” SF

        Harb/CK7/SF accomplished Four First’s ’12/’13 ;;;; 1) First time in NFL HISTORY that a Superior (rated) QB (AS) has been demoted/replaced by an Inferior QB (CK7)…2) First SF QB to lose a SB…3) First SF QB to throw an interception in a SB game…. 4) First SF QB to rank a meager 45TH out of 49 SB games

        CK7 was good; not GREAT…definately Overrated by some fans ( they weren’t wearing sunglasses, ha )….time will tell if he becomes great….will he improve his accuracy?….will opposition catch on to the ‘pistol’ ?…. if the O, D remains #1…if the receivers, FGore remain Elite…SF are ‘schmucks’ if they DON’T win the ’14 SB

        Give ASmith decent (( finally )) protection, good receivers, good RB Pressure/Sack the opposing QB, and the Chiefs will do great…..SF’s loss, our gain….GO CHIEFS!!!!

    • Suzi Conger

      Bosco, check my post to Alan plez, thanx. I agree, I really like to see AS get some decent protection for a change…he’s achieved some great accomplishment with below-average protection….GO CHIEFS ’13/’14!!!!

  • ArrowFan

    I would feel better if we had some insurance just in case Luke ends up less than stellar. What is sad to me is that 5 years ago we pick a 1st round LT in the draft to start rebuilding our OL. It feels like to me we still have an un proven group of guys and we are no closer to having a complete OL than we where 5 years ago. How many OL have we draft in the last 5 years? Lets add DL to the list as well and you can see why Chiefs fans are sick of drafting linemen, warranted or not.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jordanmpollock Jordan Pollock

      We do have insurance. His name is Donald Stephenson.

      • micah stephenson

        Stepheson is a starter now. Jokel and Stephenson are the starters.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jordanmpollock Jordan Pollock

          Stephenson will not move to RT, we will sign a FA with the money cleared from Albert to fit our scheme like Clabo from the Falcons or Schwartz/Allen will battle it out in training camp

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordanmpollock Jordan Pollock

    That could just as easily been dwayne bowe (thank god its not) . I am not going to be greedy. Joeckel is a solid LT. He will step right in day one and make an impact. Branden Albert does not fit Reid’s scheme as well as Luke Joeckel does. It’s all about the scheme and getting younger folks.

  • t_tyrance

    The only thing I Worry about with Andy Reid and John Dorsey is that they both came from teams with Terrible olines and they both had a part in why that is In some way or another. I jus don’t get why you let two good book ends go for two that you think might be good. I hope it works out but I still the it’s a Waste of a pick.

    • Calchiefsfan

      That is exactly what concerns me about R&D. Is the o line their weakness? For all the good moves I believe they have made they sure made a mess of the whole Brandon Albert situation.

    • Maverik256

      • Maverik256

        Who are these bookends? One sack in a non passing offensive we need guys who can protect enough to run timing routes not quick throws cassel never had a chance since 10′. And it wasn’t all his fault and Albert needs to go he isn’t worth what he wants and Winston no one liked him til we got rid of him so I’m all for something different because what we had wasn’t working…and. JC can run behind anyone so don’t go there either

        • t_tyrance

          No one said anything about JC first of my friend everyone knows he can make something out of nothing sec. Both Winston an Albert were good don’t care if you like them or not. Bad play calling and poor QB play will make any O line look like shit. And on top of that the only person teams were Worried about in the passing game was bowe that Allows you to Blitz more people than the line can block an play man on everyone else. It doesn’t matter how long your quarterback has to throw if no one gets open, it’s called a Coverage sack my friend and you can’t Blame that on the OL if you do your An idiot.

          • Maverik256

            Not blaming anyone just saying that everyone’s reason that Albert is so good is that he only gave up one sack…they way we played last year that isn’t saying much our offense was never passing when they actually had and kept the ball that was my point if you actually watch him play he is average pass blocker I did like him run blocking but like I said we have JC and need mediocre run blocker and great pass blocking not the other way around which is why I like joeckel Better just my opinion on it

          • Maverik256

            Oh and Winston just held a lot nothing really at all to like about him in the pass game again decent run blocker.

          • t_tyrance

            I Agree with what you’re saying but I just Don’t see how we get better with this pick if you lose Albert an add joeckel yu still need a RT. so we are right back were we started. And Joeckel said It himself today on the radio that he is a better run block then a pass blocker just so you know

          • Maverik256

            Every lineman in the nfl thinks they’re a better run blocker just so you know its there egos saying theyre stronger than the other guy he has quick feet and Albert doesn’t simple as that

  • micah stephenson

    Boooooooo! Boooooo! At least get Fisher.

  • ArrowFan

    Do we need cap space to sign more FA this year? Who are we going to sign that is going to help out other than a tackle to fill the hole we make by trading Albert?

  • KCPauly

    A left tackle has never been taken 1st overall, but leave it to the Mediocre Chiefs to change that history, stupidest thing I ever heard, don’t you know that is what the Chiefs do is write history, like 31yrs. ago they took a QB in the first round it didn’t work out so that idea became history, what a frickin’ joke

    • xxxlp

      Uhm, guy.. Hate to say it but you’re wrong. I don’t know about any farther back, but I remember two guys at least who were left tackles taken first overall. Jake Long and Orlando Pace. I think it was 08 and 98, respectively, when they were drafted. So it’s not unheard of; keep your panties untwisted.

      • Danny W

        Yeah wasn’t Joe Thomas taken number one too?

        • Maverik256

          There hasn’t been that many but they have been great players so let’s continue that trend I bet if Willie roaf were number one pick no one would say a word hell be good no worries here Albert shoulda shut his damn mouth and taken the 9mil (or new contract) and done what ever we asked of him

        • http://www.facebook.com/alan.chamberlain.9 Alan Chamberlain

          Nope, JT was taken #3 overall.

      • KCPauly

        you should come untwist them for me, they’re pretty tight I’m havin’ a little trouble

      • KCMikeG

        Good to see you back! Not sure where the “we’re so stupid to pick an OT with the #1 pick cuz it’s never been done” crap is coming from. I checked and you were right – Long – 2008, Pace – 1997, Ron Yary – 1968. There was even a Guard Ken Rice – 1961.

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