That may be why Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 in Phoenix is hearing that the Cardinals have discussed a trade with the Chiefs for left tackle Branden Albert. The Chiefs are reportedly willing to accept a second-round pick as compensation for Albert, who has been their starting left tackle for the last five years.
The problem, however, is that Albert reportedly wants between $8 million and $9 million a year on a long-term contract. That appears to be the holdup on a trade with the Dolphins that had previously been discussed. The Cardinals would have to be willing to make a significant financial investment if they’re going to trade for Albert. And that’s why Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic is hearing that Albert is too expensive for the Cardinals’ tastes.
“(On) deep ball accuracy, I’ve put a reel together of six to eight throws that should have been touchdowns, wide-open vertical guys that he overthrew or underthrew. The more tape I watch … he stares down receivers and he throws the football late. So there is a lack of anticipation and timing. Now, having said all of those things, I recognize the big arm, the athletic ability. He’s a great athlete, he’s a natural thrower of the football. I just don’t see it enough on tape. I couldn’t take him in the top 10. I don’t think I could take him in the top 20.”
That’s Mayock’s opinion, but it appears he shares it with general managers from the Chiefs and other quarterback-needy teams near the top of the draft. The Chiefs were looking to replace Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn and did it with veterans from other teams.
The Raiders, who have the third pick, replaced Carson Palmer with Matt Flynn. The Cardinals, who have the seventh pick, acquired Palmer and Drew Stanton. The Bills, who draft eighth, signed Kevin Kolb.
So let’s lock it in with The Sports Network’s final 2013 NFL mock draft:
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M – The Chiefs have done everything possible to make this pick seem more valuable to teams thinking about trading up, flashing “interest” in West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and trying to beat the drum for Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher. In the end, this is just not a sexy draft at the top, so Kansas City will stand pat and take Joeckel. Scouts often reference the potential “ceiling” of a particular prospect and rarely talk about a player’s “floor.” Joeckel’s floor is significantly higher than Fisher’s and that’s the real difference between the two players.
Previous Pick: Joeckel
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Topics: Kansas City Chiefs