Are the Chiefs preparing to shock the world with the No. 1 pick when most predict Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher will be selected? Does the organization plan to trade down to grab Floyd a few picks later? Is it all a smoke screen?
Welcome to the NFL this week where rumors and predictions are all over the place. Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner’s stock reportedly is dropping all of a sudden. Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel is now the second coming of Cam Newton and a first-round option. Alabama’s Eddie Lacy, supposedly, is no longer the top running back.
There are few sure bets early in this draft, so things can go in any direction.
Update: Floyd revealed to Eric Davis on Wednesday’s “NFL AM” that the Chiefs only called to verify his age after one source on the Internet listed him as being born in 1991 (he was born in 1992).
If the team holds on to Albert, then Fisher will be the selection and occupy the right tackle position.
The Miami Dolphins have been talking with the Chiefs about a potential deal with Albert, but it looks like his contract demands and the Chiefs asking price could be hurting the chances of a deal done.
Both sides are running out of plan and it looks like the Chiefs are preparing their plan B.
Luke Joeckel is 6’6″, 306 pounds. He was given honorable mention in the Big 12 after his 2010 campaign, and was bumped up to Second-Team All-Big 12 the following season. After Texas A&M moved to the SEC for the 2012 season, Joeckel dominated that conference as well, earning First Team All-SEC honors, plus was named a First Team All-American. He was also awarded the Outland Trophy for the best collegiate lineman.
According to nfl.com, Joeckel could be a starter for many years.
It’s about as favorable a schedule as the Chiefs could ask for. The game at Jacksonville is about as easy a road assignment to begin a season that any team could ask for.
Of course, the Jaguars are also looking at this game as a way to get their season off to a strong start, but at last check the Chiefs were 2½-point favorites, so that’s a game they should win.
If they do, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be at least 4-4 at the season’s midway point. After Jacksonville, the Chiefs play five of their next seven games at Arrowhead Stadium, so 4-4 is a reasonable goal.
The schedule gets more difficult from there, so the Chiefs will need to get off to a fast start if they’re going to be a part of the playoff chase. Fortunately for them, they have a scheduled that’s designed to allow them to do that.