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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Kansas City Chiefs Select Luke Joeckel

April 18th, 2013 at 11:31 PM
By Donald Lappe

The 2013 NFL Mock Draft has officially started. Our first round is underway, with the first overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft belonging to Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs. With a quarterback already in the building – Alex Smith – the Chiefs have other team needs to address. When the process began months ago there were a lot of names that surfaced, but in the end Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M looks like the likely choice and ended up being the pick in our Mock Draft. Of course, we projected Luke Joeckel as the first overall choice back in January.

The Kansas City Chiefs have a new regime and a new left tackle to anchor their offensive line would be a good start for Andy Reid as he looks to put the team back in a position to contend in the AFC West. Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M can step in a solidify that spot from day one and looks to be the likely selection at No. 1 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. If nothing else, it will make Alex Smith feel a bit safer in the pocket.

Aaron Friedland of Chiefs 101 made the choice for the Kansas City Chiefs in our 2013 NFL Mock Draft. Here's what Aaron had to say about the pick:

"Luke Joeckel is ranked the highest offensive linemen in this year's draft and the Chiefs need to add more depth upfront. Current left tackle Branden Albert is unhappy with his franchise tender and is staying  away from the team's offseason program until he finds out about his  future long term. There has been speculation that Albert could be  traded before the draft and if that happens, it makes all the more sense that Joeckel will be the pick to be his replacement. That is if the Chiefs decide not to trade down."

Aaron makes a great point by bringing up Brandon Albert. The recent trade rumors involving him only seem to support the choice of Luke Joeckel for the Chiefs.

Moving on to the second selection, the Jacksonville Jaguars are near the top of the NFL Draft once again, looking to inject some life into a team that struggles to excite their fans and put together any real success on the field. Their pick is coming up shortly and it may be a bit of a shocker. 

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