Joeckel tops list of players Chiefs could select with first pick this April.
The Kansas City Chiefs are in a position to make enough changes to a team that had the worst record in the league at 2-14, and turn themselves into a franchise that could get 10 wins next season – and it all starts with who the pick at the number one spot in the upcoming draft.
Being able to select any player from the college game is one that the Chiefs must do carefully, as not only will it affect how much they may have to spend on the player, but it could also influence roster moves, both in and out.
If the Chiefs decide to select Texas A&M Tackle Luke Joeckel, then they will instantly upgrade the offensive line and be able to release Branden Albert, who would demand a high salary himself and the Chiefs do not want to be spending a lot of money on this position, so it may be a case of in comes one, but out goes another.
Also, this pick could depend on whether they sign a Quarterback during the offseason. Players such as Alex Smith and Matt Flynn could be big upgrades for the QB-starved team and to pick a lineman to protect its prized asset could be a shrewd move for the Franchise going forward.
The other player being suggested as a potential for the pick is Utah Utes nose tackle Star Lotulelei. A strong player who would be a nightmare to block up front and would be a productive piece in an already strong front seven for the Chiefs.
The problem with this pick is that they spent a first round pick on a similar player last year in Dontari Poe, so it will be wasteful to spend two consecutive first round picks at the same position.