Before the where’s Matt Barkley and why is Mike Glennon and Tyler Wilson ahead of Barkley chatter starts up, I’ll explain. I still think Barkley goes in the first but via a trade back into the first. I don’t mock trades but I fully expect Barkley to be the fourth quarterback off the board in the 20′s and possibly 30′s.
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Geno Smith hasn’t inspired much confidence that he’s worthy of the top pick in the draft in recent weeks. The heart of WVU’s Big XII schedule has been brutal for Smith. The problem with this statement is that the Big XII isn’t known for their top notch defenses. That said, does KC really have a choice outside going with a quarterback at No. 1. For that reason, the Chiefs may have to reach a little to find their future signal caller and at the end of the day, it’s Geno Smith.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
I have mocked pass rusher to the Jags exclusively. Clearly it’s a major need area but after watching them for two weeks, I quickly realized the need for a pass protector. I don’t know that Blaine Gabbert deserves another shot at being the starter but the options are slim at the QB position with this pick. So, the Jags throw a curveball and take the top pass protector and possibly top player in this draft. Eugene Monroe slides to right tackle and all of the sudden Jacksonville is cooking with gas on their offensive line. At the very least, you give Gabbert or whomever they decide to draft in the coming rounds or pick up in free agency a fighting chance.