Editor’s note: Poll concluded before Alex Smith’s trade to Kansas City was finalized.
“With the first pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select … (wait for it) … Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will likely announce in late April, according to over 5,000 FOXSports.com users.
Joeckel, the long-armed offensive tackle from College Station, snagged more than 43 percent of the vote to be the No. 1 overall selection.
Was Joeckel the easy answer, since no one in this draft class has separated themselves from the pack? We believe so.
Although it’s more than likely that Joeckel could be the No. 1 overall pick, the Chiefs must make that decision well before April as veteran left tackle Branden Albert will hit the free agent market.
If the Chiefs allow Albert to walk, which is unlikely, it becomes a mere certainty that Andy Reid and Co. select an offensive tackle.
If the Chiefs franchise or extend Albert’s contract, it opens a can of worms for the Joeckel selection.
Is it justifiable to spend a No. 1 overall pick on a right tackle? Does Joeckel’s skillset translate to a more run-oriented first position? Is Joeckel even the clear-cut favorite at the position?
The Chiefs made a franchise altering move on Wednesday, trading for Alex Smith, which was first reported by FOXSports.com NFL insider Jay Glazer. The move signifies that Chiefs’ brass doesn’t want to pin its future on incoming rookies Geno Smith or Matt Barkley.
The runner-up in the vote was ‘Someone Else,’ who racked up 28 percent of the vote. Who could that someone be?