ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson writes that although the Chiefs could target Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel with their No. 1 overall pick, they would only do so if they choose to pass on re-sign free-agent OT Branden Albert.
Williamson adds that Kansas City is interested in retaining Albert and believes Utah DL Star Lotulelei would be their “best option.” Williamson mentions that Lotulelei is an “impact player” who many believe will be a “dominant” 3-4 defensive end.
Kansas City could always elect to trade back and target a different prospect, but Williamson adds that the lack of quarterbacks in this year’s draft class could limit the number of options available to a team looking to move back in the early portion of the first-round.
The other option for the Chiefs would be to draft a quarterback with No. 1 pick. West Virginia QB Geno Smith is considered to be the best quarterback prospect in this year’s draft class, but there are plenty of questions as to whether or not he’s even worth a first-round pick, let alone the first overall pick.
It’s still early in the draft process and there stands at least a reasonable chance that Smith could improve his draft stock to the point where he’s in consideration for the first overall selection.
Williamson also lists Alabama CB Dee Millner, Georgia ILB Alec Ogletree and Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson as other options should they trade back in the first-round.