The 2013 NFL Draft is quickly approaching as teams work to decide which player is best going to fit into their scheme and how high up the board they should be taken. The Kansas City Chiefs are sitting at No. 1 and while there isn’t necessarily a “for sure” player they will take with that pick, there are a few names floating around that many suspect could be taken by the Chiefs as the draft begins. Those names are: Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel, Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher, Florida’s Sharrif Floyd and Oregon’s Dion Jordan. Albert Breer of NFL.com however, is reporting that the Kansas City Chiefs haven’t scheduled a visit with any of the above mentioned names, nor do they intend to. John Dorsey has said that the Chiefs brass has narrowed their No.1 pick “group” down to four players, and the speculation currently is that Joeckel, Fisher, Floyd, and Jordan are the players who make up that group. I don’t believe this means anything specific, other than they have probably got all the information they need regarding these players and are currently evaluating which one would make the biggest impact in order to select him with the No. 1 pick overall.
Here are a few things about each player as reported by CBSSports.com.
“Joeckel has demonstrated the combination of size and athleticism in starting the past three seasons at the all-important left tackle position that he could ultimately be a No. 1 overall selection in the NFL Draft. Joeckel (pronounced JOKE-ell) was a highly regarded prep prospect who signed with the Aggies over the likes of Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and many others. The Arlington, Texas native as a consensus All-American as a high school senior. He won the starting left tackle position as a true freshman and has started ever since, earning a spot on the Big 12’s All-Freshman team in 2010 and First Team honors by the Associated Press in 2011 (coaches voted him to the second team). He continued his rapid development as a junior, becoming the fourth SEC player in the past six years to win the Outland Trophy. He also earned the prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is given annually to the top blocker in the SEC, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference, the South Atlantic Conference and the South Conference. Joeckel’s ironclad blocking on the blind side was instrumental in quarterback Johnny Manziel winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman.”
“When discussing the top offensive tackles for the 2013 NFL Draft, the first-round talents are mostly underclassmen.While he lacks the name recognition of some of his peers, the 6-8, 305-pound Fisher ranks among the top senior offensive tackles in the country, performing well in showdowns against Iowa, Michigan State and against a surprisingly dangerous pass-rushing Toledo defense in 2011. Fisher built on that success as a senior, earning third-team All-America recognition from the Associated Press while starting all 13 games on the blind side and helping anchor an offense that averaged 6.2 yards per play. A dominant week of practice at the Senior Bowl emphatically demonstrated what scouts had been projecting for months — that Fisher was the elite senior offensive tackle in the country and quite possibly a top 15 prospect, overall.”
“Floyd signed with Florida as the highest regarded prep defensive tackle prospect in the country, according to some recruiting experts. While plenty celebrated as a prospect, Floyd had a rough upbringing. He didn’t know his father, who has since passed away. He lived for awhile with his mother, his great-grandmother and several others throughout high school, including newly adopted parents in a scenario similar to that of Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher, whose story made famous by the Michael Lewis book, “The Blind Side.” Upon signing with the Gators, Floyd immediately proved up to the hype, earning a spot on the 2010 All-SEC Freshman team (as voted by the coaches) with 23 tackles, including 6.5 for loss. Floyd showed off the versatility that could result in his earning a high-round selection by playing every position along the defensive line for Florida as a true sophomore. Lining up predominately at defensive end, Floyd registered 46 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. His sacks came against Ohio State in the Gator Bowl, foreshadowing a breakout performance throughout the rest of 2012. The 6-3, 303-pound junior was moved back inside to his more natural defensive tackle position as a junior and stepped up his play. Though his tackle numbers remained the same (46), Floyd’s big plays multiplied. He posted 13 tackles for loss in 2012, including 6.5 sacks, earning First Team all-conference honors. While his Gators lost the Sugar Bowl to Teddy Bridgewater and Louisville, Floyd was dynamic, sacking the mobile sophomore quarterback twice, leading scouts to wonder what could be in store for 2013 and beyond.”
“Jordan signed with Oregon as a highly regarded prep tight end and only made the switch to the defensive side of the ball in the spring of 2010. As a reserve defensive end for the Ducks in 2010 Jordan registered 33 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. To take advantage of his unique combination of burst off the snap and length, Oregon created a hybrid role for Jordan in 2011, lining him up as a stand-up pass rusher and moving him around to find favorable matchups. Demonstrating surprising fluidity for such a tall player, Jordan exploded for 13 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks, each of which led the team, earning First Team all-conference honors from Pac-12 coaches. In 2012, Jordan showcased his versatility to the nation against Arizona State, lining up on the line of scrimmage as a stand-up defensive end, in the box as a linebacker or in the slot, covering inside receivers. Yes – in the slot on receivers, a spot usually reserved for defensive backs. Rarely asked to play with his hand in the dirt as a traditional defensive end, Oregon helped protect Jordan as a run-defender as he lacks the bulk to consistently set the edge against 300 pound behemoths. Jordan’s long arms and vision, however, allow him to disengage from most blockers quickly and he plays with a high-revving motor, often pursuing the ball-carrier yards downfield. Jordan’s extraordinary physical tools will likely land him in the first round, now the question is how high?”
It’s hard to say who the Chiefs will take with that No.1 pick, but rest assured Chiefs Nation, Andy Reid and John Dorsey attacked Free Agency like no other team, I can imagine them handling the draft the exact same way. Chiefs360 will be live-tweeting the NFL Draft so be sure and follow them on Twitter for live updates.
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