The sticking point right now is compensation, not so much in terms of a multiyear deal for Albert, but what Kansas City wants in return. Although Dorsey did not say what the asking price is for Albert, who has signed his $9.8 million franchise tender, a second-round pick is believed to be at least part of the price. Dorsey made sure to state how good of a player Albert is, which indicated that additional picks could be part of the bounty.
Dorsey added that the Chiefs aren’t necessarily trying to trade the starting left tackle; however, he said he’s “exploring all opportunities” that have been presented.
Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey spoke to Steve Wyche of the NFL Network on Wednesday afternoon and confirmed that the two teams are talking about a trade. He also revealed that the major hang-up to signing off on the trade is a disagreement over trade compensation. Dorsey didn’t say what the Chiefs were looking for, although several reports have them looking for at least a second-round pick. The Dolphins have two second-rounders — the 42nd and 54th picks — that could be used in a deal for Albert.
We may not know the particulars of what each team is proposing in terms of compensation, but it doesn’t take much of a leap to suggest this one is going to come down to one side or the other blinking first. Dorsey said that the Chiefs aren’t set on trading Albert no matter what, but it does seem like their preferred course of action with Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher looking like the likeliest choices with the first overall pick.
The two sides had a little hang up in the talks whenever the Dolphins realized they would need to shell out a second round pick and also be forced to pay Albert whatever he is asking for with his long-term contract — for Albert, that appears to be a very pricey $9 million per season — more than former Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long got from the Rams.
Miami has the extra second round pick, so they can certainly afford to part ways with one of the selections in exchange for a player of Albert’s caliber.
For the Chiefs, picking up the added pick would be great work to an already impressive offseason
So perhaps it’s no surprise that since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, only twice has an offensive lineman been selected first overall in the draft — Orlando Pace (St. Louis) in 1997 and Jake Long (Miami) in 2008.
The Kansas City Chiefs could make it three on Thursday night.
In a draft without a top-end talent at quarterback and no clear-cut No. 1 prospect regardless of position, commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to call out the name of one of two offensive tackles — Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M or Eric Fisher of Central Michigan — after the Chiefs hand in their selection at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
“Last year, people picking at the top of the draft were looking for quarterbacks. And fortunately, they were there,” said former NFL coach Jon Gruden, now an analyst with ESPN. “If you’re looking for a left tackle this year, you’re a lucky guy.”
The Chiefs insist they’re not necessarily looking for a left tackle; they’re looking for the best available player, and Joeckel and Fisher happen to fit the bill.
CHIEFS SELECT J.J. WILCOX WITH 63RD OVERALL PICK: 15%
Kansas City needs added depth in the secondary, especially at safety where Kendrick Lewis has proven to be a yearly injury concern. Wilcox, who attend Georgia Southern, may be one of the more underrated prospects in the draft because of the depth secondary options in the draft and because he went to a small school. But Wilcox can play and has the tools to be a very good safety in the NFL.
One issue with Wilcox is that he is very raw at the safety position, having moved from receiver, to slotback, to safety during his college career. The safety move didn’t come until his senior year which means there is very little tape on him. We do know that he has good hands and has the natural ability to make plays on the ball. His ability to read offenses and make smart decisions will be impaired by his lack of experience. The good news is that Kansas City doesn’t need him to start and can take the time to develop him behind Eric Berry and Lewis.
But, there are still many analysts picking Joeckel over Fisher, simply because Fisher attended CMU, while Joeckel went to Texas A & M, a school in the powerful Southeastern Conference.
This baffles me: an analyst can say Fisher tested better and has more potential, but won’t get picked first.
Yes, the SEC is much stronger than the Mid-American Conference, but doesn’t make the MAC weak.
The MAC is coming off of its strongest season yet, with seven bowl bids, including a trip to the BCS Orange Bowl for Northern Illinois.
The MAC also has a strong history of NFL players: Jason Taylor of Akron, Antonio Gates and James Harrison of Kent State, Victor Cruz of UMass, Ben Roethlisburger of Miami, Michael Turner of NIU, and Greg Jennings and Jason Babin of WMU, to name a few.
The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock. It has been almost a foregone conclusion the Chiefs will select one of the top left tackles, either Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M, or Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan, with their number one overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft Thursday night. What if they don’t? What if the Chiefs decide to go defense with their first pick? Since 2000, the Philadelphia Eagles went with defense in the initial round 7 times in 11 drafts (no 1st round picks in 2007 or 2008), with Andy Reid at the helm. Green Bay, in the same time frame, with John Dorsey as Director of Player Personnel, chose a defensive player 8 times in the first round, over 13 years (no picks in 2008 and 2 in 2009 – both defense). There is still a possibility the Chiefs could go a different direction. If relations with Branden Albert improve dramatically over the next 30 hours or so, or if Kansas City trades down a few spots, it is possible that Shariff Floydcould be their man.
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