The 2013 NFL Draft begins a week from now, on Thursday April 25th (first round only).
The Kansas City Chiefs hold the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and the assumption for months has been that they'd take a left tackle with the selection. And for a while, it seemed to be a near lock that Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel would be the pick, but Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher's stock has skyrocketed of late.
After the end of the college football season, most pegged Fisher as a mid-to-late first round pick. But, the 6'7", 306-pound Fisher was extremely impressive all week at the Senior Bowl, and followed that up with an equally as impressive showing at the NFL Combine. It's all led to speculation that the Chiefs could select Fisher, and not Joeckel, with the No. 1 pick.
Former NFL scout and current analyst for NFL.Com and NFL Network, Daniel Jeremiah, had this to say about Fisher and the Chiefs on Wednesday:
I wouldn't be shocked if the Chiefs decided to take Eric Fisher with the #1 pick. A lot of buzz out there. #NFLDraft
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 17, 2013
But, on Thursday, NFL insider Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports and NFL Network said that he's hearing the Chiefs are "locked in on" Joeckel at No. 1, and that Joeckel "will be the first name called next week":
Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel will be the first name called next week. According to numerous league sources, the Chiefs are locked in on him, barring anything unforeseen, after also strongly considering Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher. But Joeckel has played in a tougher conference and is a safer pick, and in a league where first-time general managers is becoming the rule (especially guys with college backgrounds), you are going to see a lot of clubs deferring to the safest guy (more on that later, when we delve into the guards).Source: CBS Sports
We'll know for sure next week (and likely before Thursday), but it certainly appears as though the 6'6", 306-pound Joeckel will be the first player selected in this year's NFL Draft.
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