Despite what the Super Bowl XLVII commercials will tell you, Leon Sandcastle will probably not be the first pick in April’s NFL Draft.
Early reports have Sandcastle ineligible after he inexplicably tested positive for Metamucil and hard candies.
So, with Leon Sandcastle’s world-class speed and perfectly manicured mustache off the board, who is left for the Kansas City Chiefs to select as a consolation prize in the 2013 NFL Draft?
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
The Kansas City Chiefs need a quarterback. Matt Cassell has all but worn out his welcome in KC, and the addition of Andy Reid to the coaching staff will likely mean an end for the defunct Chiefs’ starting QB.
That being said, the Chiefs could choose to take the man tasked to protect their quarterback for the next 12 years and just find out whom exactly that will be in free agency.
Luke Joeckel is everyone’s No. 1 rated offensive lineman in this year’s NFL Draft. At 6-6, 310 pounds, Joeckel has all the measurables of a prototypical left tackle in the NFL. He won the starting job at Texas A&M as a freshman, and has since shown very good durability by starting all 37 games in college.
The scouting report on Joeckel says that he is a technically-gifted blocker with tremendous strength and agility. The only knock on him is that he has yet to show the type of gritty toughness for which offensive linemen in the NFL are known.
The Chiefs allowed their quarterbacks to be sacked 40 times in 2012, so whomever they end up finding to fill the gunslinger role, Luke Joeckel would certainly be a worthy selection at No. 1 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Surprisingly enough, Geno Smith has been shooting up a lot of analyst’s mock draft boards in recent weeks – surprising because nothing has changed. The NFL Combine is still a couple weeks away, yet many are now predicting Smith will go as the No. 1 overall pick.
This is likely to be confirmed or changed based on how he performs in all the pertinent categories when the NFL scouts all bust out their stopwatches and yard sticks later this month.
Up to this point, it was a fairly well-regarded consensus that no quarterback was worth taking No. 1 overall this season. If anyone would be given that honor though, Geno Smith would likely be the one and only candidate for the job. In his senior season at West Virginia, his numbers were off the charts.
CMP/ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
369/518 71.2 4205 42 6 163.9
If the Chiefs want Geno Smith, No. 1 overall may be the only place they can take him. With the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets all selecting within the first nine picks of the 2013 NFL Draft, it is unlikely the Chiefs could trade down and still find Smith later in the Draft.
Trade the Pick
The St. Louis Rams are probably kicking themselves for trading the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Had they held onto their selection, Robert Griffin III would have been wearing blue and gold in the NFL right now.
It’s not all bad for St. Louis, that pick did get them a king’s ransom, as they received three first-round picks and a second-round pick by initally dropping just four slots in the draft order.
Unfortunately for the Kansas City Chiefs, there is no “can’t miss” pick like Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III at the top of the draft board this year. Trading the pick will not bring them the type of bounty the Rams received; however, they could still find a new quarterback as well as hoard some more picks for the future.
It is no secret Andy Reid is a founding member of the Michael Vick fan club. Given the rumors that Philadelphia has designs to part ways with Vick, it may make sense for the Chiefs to swap first-round picks with the Philadelphia Eagles (No. 4 overall) and have Michael Vick reunite with Andy Reid in Kansas City.
Then again, Kevin Kolb is always available too. Andy Reid seemed to get the best out of Kolb when he was with the Eagles. Might he want to try again with a clean slate on the Chiefs? Arizona owes Kolb a $2 million roster bonus in March, so they may be looking to move the quarterback who was beaten out for the starting job in training camp.
However, despite only playing in five games all season long, Kolb still led the Arizona Cardinals in all passing categories with his 1,169 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions.
There are not many starting quarterbacks to be found in free agency this year, outside of Alex Smith, Michael Vick, Matt Flynn and Kevin Kolb, so it could be a seller’s market.