1. Kansas City Chiefs – Geno Smith QB West Virginia
A lot of things could happen between now and draft day. The Chiefs might let free agent LT Brandon Albert walk, then go the safe route with Luke Joeckel at #1. Perhaps there will be an Andy Reid/Michael Vick reunion in Kansas City. A stopgap solution at QB like Alex Smith or Matt Flynn could be acquired. Maybe Mike Glennon will send his draft stock into the stratosphere with a phenomenal showing in Mobile. Each scenario is possible, but until one of them comes to pass, I won’t deviate from my Chiefs/Geno Smith prediction.
The runner-up: OT Luke Joeckel…Joeckel is the cleanest prospect in this draft, but even a crocodile-infested moat surrounding the pocket wouldn’t make Brady Quinn or Matt Cassel any better. Finding a franchise QB is the top priority in Kansas City.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M (Jr.)
With Eugene Monroe entrenched at LT, there’s no need for Joeckel in Jacksonville, but a team like the Cardinals, Chargers, Dolphins, or Rams could be intent on moving up for Joeckel’s services. The Jags should be frantically working the phones on draft day.
Here’s the bottom line: There will almost positively be a trade within the top three picks of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Chiefs, Jaguars, and Raiders have no need for a left tackle, yet Joeckel is too valuable to slip to #4.
The runner-up: DT Star Lotulelei…The Jags could use a dominant interior force to anchor the defense, but why not move down the board, draft Sheldon Richardson or Johnathan Hankins, and pick up some extra picks in the process?