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Chiefs still studying four players who could go first overall

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The Kansas City Chiefs are still studying four players whom they’re considering taking with the first overall pick in Thursday night’s NFL draft.

Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey will not say who those four players are, but he did tell reporters on Friday that he and the rest of the Chiefs’ front office will spend the next few days evaluating those four players before making their final decision.

You still have to give yourself some options,” Dorsey said at his pre-draft news conference, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “What you kind of do now is just kind of see how these four guys play and kind of watch the games as they’re played. You understand them as people, now watch them play their respective position. When that curtain is raised on Thursday, we’ll be ready. But right now it’s still ongoing, and you never know what’s going to happen.”

The vast majority of mock drafts have the Chiefs taking Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel first overall. Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher is also an option. It’s unclear who the other two players in the Chiefs’ Final Four are, but Joeckel and Fisher would seem to be the most likely No. 1 overall picks.

“They’re both really fine football players,” Dorsey said. “This year the offensive line position has some true prospects in it.”

Last year, we knew for months before the draft that the Colts would select Andrew Luck first overall. This year, the Chiefs are keeping us guessing into draft week.

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37 Responses to “Chiefs still studying four players who could go first overall”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Apr 20, 2013 7:45 AM

    Waste of time we all know Leon is going # 1 its all over NFL network!!!

  2. fiyeaglesfiy says: Apr 20, 2013 7:58 AM

    Would assume Leon Sandcastle is getting some strong consideration here as well…

  3. tjadeterborg says: Apr 20, 2013 7:59 AM

    Blablabla.. Let me guess: one of them is Geno Smith?

  4. therealtrenches says: Apr 20, 2013 8:16 AM

    So it’s a week before the draft and they are “kind of” seeing “how these guys play” now? That should make KC fans feel really good about the new regime.

  5. seabreezes51 says: Apr 20, 2013 8:20 AM

    It’s Andy Reid. He likes to think he is the smartest guy in football. He sees stuff no one else can see and just might be drafting someone that nobody on the planet would consider at #1
    That’s why he isn’t in Philly anymore.

  6. rpiotr01 says: Apr 20, 2013 8:27 AM

    “Our lie detector test determined THAT was a lie!”

    It doesn’t take Maury to know that this is pre-draft spin. It’s Joeckel.

  7. JMClarkent says: Apr 20, 2013 8:30 AM

    This is code for “come on dummies – panic and give us an insane offer for #1.”

  8. jredshoes says: Apr 20, 2013 8:36 AM

    Wiggling the bait to see if they’re any takers . As for Leon Sandcasttle, that dude looks like an ugly Deon Sanders

  9. joetoronto says: Apr 20, 2013 8:49 AM

    The Chiefs still don’t have a QB and there are no good QB’s in this draft.

    Bottom feeders once again.

  10. ricardorobertasq says: Apr 20, 2013 8:53 AM

    Definitely trying to trade down. If not, they would have already “decided”, made contact and perhaps have agreed to a contract by now

  11. musicman495 says: Apr 20, 2013 8:53 AM

    Hey, this is the most attention the Chiefs have had since Hank Stram left. Let them have the spotlight while they can.

  12. lkimball2757 says: Apr 20, 2013 9:02 AM

    Being an Eagles fan, I know that Andy Reid’s board has been set for weeks. They know who they are going to take. What they are doing now is hoping to get a king’s ransom for their pick from another team.

  13. shinedown37 says: Apr 20, 2013 9:10 AM

    Trade down, pick some extra picks, draft Tavon Austin, and focus on other needs. This Chiefs team need another player to help out Bowe. And Austin in the slot would open up some chances down the field. Not a chiefs fan, but shoot, there are other offensive linemen in this draft that may produce better results than wasting it on the first pick.

  14. jagsfan1 says: Apr 20, 2013 9:28 AM

    Chiefs fans better hope Andy “does a better job” drafting for KC than he did in Philly…his picks were flat out HORRIBLE.

  15. jjb0811 says: Apr 20, 2013 9:29 AM

    the 33rd, 34th, & 35th picks are going to draw more mid round picks than the top 3 this year. The Chiefs, Jags and Raiders all need young depth. they’d be wise to use the 1st round pick, then trade back in rounds 2-4.

  16. bigj7769 says: Apr 20, 2013 9:35 AM

    I love how people criticize andy reid for a statement Dorsey made haha

  17. jbaxt says: Apr 20, 2013 9:37 AM

    I’m just glad they aren’t in the raiders shoes. Going into the season with Jamarcus Russels backup as their starter. At least KC will be above .500 before 2015. That 10 years of raiders failure must be really encouraging. KC and Denver is a 2 horse race. KC will have the best QB in the west in 8 months.

  18. andyreidsskinnyjeans says: Apr 20, 2013 9:37 AM

    SPOILER ALERT: No one is going to trade up to number 1, Andy.

  19. onbucky96 says: Apr 20, 2013 10:05 AM

    Meaning they want to trade out. Next issue…

  20. therealpittbull says: Apr 20, 2013 10:10 AM

    Andy Reid started out a very competent coach. I believe the family and personal issues have caused him to lose sight of what it takes to win. Playmakers.

    Joeckle and Fisher will end up being good ball players, but he needs special players on both sides of the ball to make his team fly. Keep Albert at left tackle, Trade down, get other picks, take Austin to work the slot, draft a true right tackle, and keep moving forward. Stop trying to reinvent the wheel. The pieces of the puzzle are mostly there. This is what caused him to lose his way in Philly.

  21. cypressballs says: Apr 20, 2013 10:21 AM

    The Chiefs’ arrowhead points to next year. It’s always next year. And it is just April. sigh

  22. sullijo1 says: Apr 20, 2013 10:23 AM

    The Chiefs have not won a playoff game since 1993.

  23. cornbredd says: Apr 20, 2013 10:29 AM

    Leon Sandcastle gimmick = not funny

  24. arrowdead says: Apr 20, 2013 10:38 AM

    @ the realpittbull

    i disagree friend. the pieces are NOT there, hence 2-14…..

    i think its down dorsey is being honest actually….along with fisher and luke, they are probably really considering DL help…KC needs it baaaad….actually they need it worse that they need OL help! Tyson Jackson as a starter is suspect and behind him very little playmaking depth.

  25. shayeezy says: Apr 20, 2013 10:40 AM

    really? family and personal issues affected his coaching and team-building strategy? did you forget to take your meds?

  26. neva4get5 says: Apr 20, 2013 11:31 AM

    @jagsfan1… That Mcnabb guy didn’t turn out too bad!!

  27. firstand4ever says: Apr 20, 2013 11:44 AM

    Makes you wonder who the mystery two players are after the two big tackles. Some would guess Star Lotulelei. The intriguing one would be Tavon Austin. He won’t be drafted #1 but he would be excellent compliment to Bowe and Baldwin and is comparable to Reid’s former wideout, Desean Jackson. Only Austin will be better.

  28. db3300 says: Apr 20, 2013 11:48 AM

    Reid is hoping he doesn’t get stuck with the #1 choice and the higher-than-usual odds that it’ll be a bust without a clear-cut #1 player. The only question is whether a team will be stupid enough to give up a bunch of picks for the pleasure of taking that pressure off of him.

  29. mianfr says: Apr 20, 2013 12:00 PM

    No one is going to trade for the first overall pick again, and honestly I don’t think a team should ever trade it away.

    I get the posturing if you’re like the Bills and want to shake a top five player down a little bit, but don’t do it if you have the whole board (and also no second round pick).

  30. pewitttyler says: Apr 20, 2013 12:28 PM

    Stop with the Leon Sandcastle crap, its really not that funny.

  31. mungman69 says: Apr 20, 2013 12:32 PM

    Andy drafted a right guard in the first round two years ago and the Eagles are still looking for a right guard.

  32. riverhorsey says: Apr 20, 2013 12:43 PM

    Dion Jordon is one of the four.

  33. snowpea84 says: Apr 20, 2013 1:12 PM

    Now that the first overall pick doesn’t get Star QB money right off the bat, teams can actually justify taking players at other positions.

    If there is a LT that you think can protect your QB for a decade, I don’t see how you don’t take him. There is no QB to take this year, and every successful team has a good O-line. Although, the best way to get a good o-line is not just to spend a first rounder here and there, it’s to spend those first rounders and also use mid round picks every single year. That way there is constant competition and you’re not forced to hand those positions out.

    Look at the Bears for instance. Yes, they finally spent a first rounder or two on the line in the last few years, but not much else. Instead they used mid round picks on defense and created competition at every spot there. But the price of that was being completely reliant on specific players being good with no margin for error. The results speak for themselves. They have favored defense too much.

  34. papazoid says: Apr 20, 2013 1:17 PM

    if they don’t know who they want at #1 by now…..they should all be fired for incompetence.

  35. bigal1952 says: Apr 20, 2013 1:39 PM

    I’m thinking Fisher and Joeckel for sure, and the other two are Star Lotulelei and Dion Jordan. I think Shariff Floyd has dropped and Star has climbed back up to where he was originally projected to be drafted….top 4.

  36. deinoslogos says: Apr 20, 2013 1:51 PM

    Did Andy Reid fall into a snack coma and just wake up? If they seriously don’t have their board set a week before the draft then they are totally disorganized.

  37. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 20, 2013 3:16 PM

    I like this a lot. It helps the Lions.

    The Lions’ best option is to create a trade down from their 5th pick, and if one team is signaling that there are only 4 guys worthy of a #1 selection for them, then that gives credibility in that there is arguably 4 or about 4 guys that are premier desirable prospects. And 1 of those guys will be available at 5 for some team out there. There’s no excuse for me for the Lions to not trade down from the 5th pick. They are set up well to make this happen.

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