Chiefs will select Joeckel first overall, grant Dolphins permission to pursue Albert
Joeckel has been one of the heavy favorites to be selected first overall for quite some time, but reports suggest that he is now more than just a frontrunner. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora said on Thursday that Joeckel "will be the first name called (at the draft)." He has heard from several sources that the Chiefs are "locked in" on the former Aggie, and there is not much reason to believe the Chiefs are trying to deceive anyone.
The other players the Chiefs were reportedly considering were Oregon defensive end/outside linebacker Dion Jordan and Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher. While many scouts are extremely high on Jordan because of his rare athleticism, the Chiefs already have two formidable outside linebackers in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Jordan is not big enough to play defensive end in the Chiefs' 3-4 scheme.
Fisher is a special talent who is said to have more upside than Joeckel, but he faced inferior competition playing in the MAC. The Chiefs feel that Joeckel is the safer pick, having dominated against college football's toughest competition - the SEC.
Now that the Chiefs have found their cornerstone lineman of the future, 2012 left tackle Branden Albert has become expendable. Albert is currently signed under the franchise tag, and the Chiefs have long been expected to try to move him. The Miami Dolphins, who lost left tackle Jake Long to the Rams in free agency, have expressed interest in the former first-round pick.
The Chiefs are asking for a second-round pick as compensation for the 28 year old Albert, and the Dolphins have two second-round picks at their disposal in this year's draft. Albert is expected to meet with the Dolphins to take a physical and begin negotiating a long-term contract.
As of now, it seems to be a strong possibility that we will see Luke Joeckel at left tackle for the Chiefs and Branden Albert at left tackle for the Dolphins in 2013.