The Kansas City Chiefs have the number one overall pick in April’s NFL draft, but they also have the pressure that comes with that pick to choose the right player. Last year, the Indianapolis Colts had the easy choice of picking quarterback Andrew Luck, the consensus top player available. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, no such player exists for them to take this year, which means there are a few different options on the table for them, and they need to make sure they take the right one.
The first thought is naturally going to be to take a quarterback, but that could be problematic. Quarterback is by far the biggest need for the Chiefs, but none of the quarterbacks available in this year’s draft are worthy of the top overall pick. Geno Smith of West Virginia is widely considered to be the best quarterback available, but he is far from a sure thing, and the Chiefs can’t afford to make a mistake with this pick, especially at the quarterback position.
The Chiefs could also choose to take either Damontre Moore of Texas A&M or Bjoern Werner of Florida State. Both players are excellent pass rushers and are worthy of a top-five overall selection, so taking either one first overall isn’t too much of a stretch. Kansas City already has a strong pair of pass rushers in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, so either Moore or Werner would just make the Chiefs better at something they already do pretty well. Although, is there such a thing as having too many pass rushers?
The safe route for the Chiefs would be choosing offensive tackle Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M. Joeckel wouldn’t score any touchdowns for Kansas City, but he would give them a mainstay on their offensive line for many years to come, and he wouldn’t be considered a stretch at the top spot overall.
The wildcard is if the Chiefs decide to trade the pick, which should at least be considered. The Chiefs have several needs to address this offseason, and with no consensus player to take with the first overall pick, they may be better off trying to accumulate as many picks as possible. However, because there is no obvious number one pick out there, the way Luck was last year, Kansas City may not get as much in return for the top pick in the draft as they would in other years.
Whatever the Chiefs end up doing with the top overall pick, it won’t be an easy decision. But one thing is for sure, it better be the right decision, because the pressure is on, and the Chiefs can’t afford to pick the wrong guy with the number one overall selection.