Less than 36 hours away from the first pick of the draft and the rumor mill is very much running at full capacity. Last night, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tweeted the following about the Kansas City Chiefs number one overall pick and Branden Albert.
As we get closer to draft, hearing more that if Chiefs cant deal Branden Albert, then Eric Fisher will be 1st overall pick …
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 24, 2013
The way this is worded is very interesting. If the Chiefs were to trade Albert does that mean Luke Joeckel would be the number one pick? Would Kansas City consider not taking a tackle if Albert is dealt?
The way I’m interpreting this rumor is Kansas City likes Eric Fisher but do not think he is an immediate option to play at left tackle. Whereas Joeckel would be able to step in and start from day one on the left side. Of course, this assumes the rumor is true, but it would jive with what others have said about Fisher and Joeckel.
Another thing to take away from this is that the idea of Donald Stephenson starting at left tackle may be a pipe dream. This rumor essentially states that if Albert is still on the roster then Kansas City will still take a tackle no matter what, which means taking Dion Jordan, Sharrif Floyd, or another player with the number one overall pick is unlikely.
What I would be curious to know is if Kansas City trades Albert and then later is offered a deal for the number one overall pick would they accept it?
Trading down would be the best option for the Chiefs in this particular draft, and the more people think an offensive tackle is going to go in the first two picks, the more value Kansas City is adding to the pick. The question is whether or not a team like Arizona, Philadelphia, or Miami is willing to trade up for the pick. Right now that seems unlikely.