The future stars of the NFL are almost here. The first round of the 2013 Draft kicks off on April 25, and every team will look to build for both present and future. This is the first in a two-a-day, 30-part series that looks at each team and which potential first-round picks would be a good fit.
PICK NO. 1: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
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2012 record: 2-14
Key offseason acquisitions
Alex Smith, quarterback
Mike DeVito, defensive lineman
Anthony Fasano, tight end
Sean Smith, cornerback
Dunta Robinson, cornerback
Donnie Avery, wide receiver
Geoff Schwartz, tackle
Branden Albert, tackle (franchise tag)
Andy Reid, head coach
Key offseason departures
Eric Winston, tackle
Kevin Boss, tight end
Steve Breaston, wide receiver
Biggest holes in roster: Offensive line, defensive end, linebacker, wide receiver
For a team with the first overall pick, the Chiefs don't have too many glaring problems. That's because they went on an offseason shopping spree, filling various holes via free agency and trades. As a result, the Chiefs can somewhat afford to draft the best player available rather than fill an immediate need.
Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel appears to be that "best player available" prospect and the likely top choice. The 6-6, 304-pounder is solid in both pass protection and in the run game, and he could become a longtime fixture on any offensive line. But if the Chiefs draft Joeckel, it would mean dealing with an unhappy Branden Albert, who has said he doesn't want to move from his natural position of left tackle. With Albert getting the franchise tag, that means he's on a one-year deal reportedly worth $9.8 million.
If Kansas City decides to pass on Joeckel, they could continue to address the defense and pick up Oregon pass rusher Dion Jordan. Jordan is a 6-6, 248-pound hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker not unlike current Chief Tamba Hali. Jordan is a step faster than Hali, though -- Jordan clocked a 4.60 40-yard dash at the Combine. The knock on Jordan is his injury history -- he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder after the Combine and battled shoulder issues throughout college.
Another defensive fit, though a reach at No. 1, would be Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. Lotulelei is a big nose tackle who would fit nicely into the Chiefs' 3-4 style. An EKG before the Combine revealed that he had a previously undiagnosed heart condition, but he put those concerns to rest with a strong Pro Day where he bench pressed 225 pounds 38 times.
The Chiefs did bring in West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in for a visit, though it is possible that it was more of an attempt to get quarterback-needy teams to trade up before the draft. Smith hails from the spread-option offense that's becoming all the rage in the NFL. But new head coach Andy Reid has used more of a pro-style, West Coast offense in the past -- an offense that suits another quarterback named Smith.