New Chiefs G.M. John Dorsey recently said he has dreamed of running a draft. Make the wrong selection with the first overall pick, however, and the dream becomes something else.
That dynamic is prompting many league insiders and observers to believe that Dorsey and the Chiefs are destined to make the safe choice with the first overall pick in Dorsey’s first draft as G.M. And the safe choice, between the two elite left tackles, widely is regarded to be Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel.
Some view Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher (pictured) as having a greater upside; there’s plenty of chatter that multiple teams have Fisher atop their individual draft boards. But Fisher’s small-school pedigree makes it harder to explain away a bust, if Fisher ends up being a bad choice.
Not so for Joeckel, who played last year in NFL Lite a/k/a the SEC. If Joeckel busts, his college experience makes it much easier to defend the error.
That’s not to say the Chiefs should take Fisher or Joeckel. Both could end up being great players. At a time when some think Fisher could be even better at the next level, choosing Fisher over Joeckel entails departing from the safe harbor that comes from picking the player who went to the bigger school.
In the end, it’s a decision that only Dorsey and coach Andy Reid can make. As long as the two players end up performing like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, it won’t matter. But if there’s a Peyton Manning/Ryan Leaf gap between the duo, the Chiefs had better hope they picked left tackle equivalent of Peyton.