According to the National Football Post, there is a lot of buzz going around that the top three tackles: Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson will all go in the top-seven of the upcoming NFL Draft. Sports Illustrated Peter King also states that he, “heard guard a lot,” when speaking to the Buffalo Bills on their eighth overall selection ideas. The guard could be Chance Warmack from Alabama.
It has been nearly assured that the Kansas City Chiefs will select a tackle with the first overall selection. Joeckel has been the favorite by many mock drafts. However, recent news reveals that the Chiefs desire to trade the top overall selection.
According to CBS Sports, Kansas City is, “making it clear they are willing to trade out of the top overall spot.” Furthermore, a Chiefs scout declared that they are “begging” to trade the No.1 pick.
Daniel Jeremiah states that he wouldn’t be surprised if Kansas City picks up Fisher for their offensive line. With this scenario, it’s likely that there will be a trade frenzy in order for teams to attain Joeckel. Teams like the Philadelphia Eagles with the fourth pick or the Detroit Lions at five both seem like teams that will jump at a chance to attain one of the top two tackles.
If Joeckel and Fisher are to go in the top three, that should also create a rush for Johnson’s services. The Miami Dolphins have been linked as a suitor for Johnson, though that would require trading into the top ten. With the Dolphins owning two second-round picks and two third-round selections, there is a strong chance they make a run at a trade to attain one of the three elite tackles available.
With the Arizona Cardinals in need of offensive line help, it seems that either of the three tackles will not fall past seventh. If the Dolphins actually jump ahead of the Cardinals, Arizona could end up picking up Warmack.
Pending how much Buffalo values Warmack, they could even be candidates to trade up. But conversely, they only have six draft picks available. I still feel that quarterback Geno Smith could head to Buffalo, but with ex-Syracuse coach Doug Marrone becoming the head coach for the Bills, drafting his quarterback with the Orangemen in Ryan Nassib in the second round appears to be a foreseeable outcome, if he falls to them.
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