2013 NFL Draft: Luke Joeckel schedules workout with Kansas City Chiefs

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Luke Joeckel
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Following the release of right tackle Eric Winston, it’s becoming clear that the Kansas City Chiefs are heavily considering adding an offensive tackle at the top of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Currently in possession of the No. 1 overall pick, the Chiefs could be eyeing either Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher to solidify their offensive line as the team moves into a new era.

Apparently, Kansas City is taking ever measure available to ensure that Joeckel is worthy of the No. 1 selection.

“Rumor is that the #Chiefs have a private workout scheduled with Luke Joeckel on March 22. Will try and confirm,” NFL Draft analyst Dane Brugler said via Twitter.

Despite the obviousness that Joeckel is an elite prospect, drafting the Texas A&M tackle wouldn’t make a ton of sense from a personnel standpoint.

The Chiefs already have a stout left tackle in Branden Albert, who was recently slapped with the franchise tag. Albert has made it crystal clear that he has no intention of moving to the right side, while Joeckel is better fit on the left side. Considering that they just parted with Winston, the Chiefs would be left with two elite left tackles and no one to man the right side.

Unless they plan on moving Joeckel to the right side, spending the No. 1 pick on the former Aggie seems like a wasted opportunity. Instead, the Chiefs should set their sights on a dynamic defensive player such as defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd or cornerback Dee Milliner.

They could always look to trade the pick as well, especially since their roster needs all of the help it can get heading into 2013.

Then again, maybe their overwhelming interest in Joeckel could be a smokescreen, set to entice a tackle-needy team to fork up some extra picks in order to move up and land the franchise blindside blocker.

The possibilities are endless, really.

Gil Alcaraz IV is a Content Planner/NFL Featured Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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