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Prognosticators: Chiefs first draft pick? Another tackle

Updated: 2013-02-04T16:27:31Z

The Kansas City Star

Sorry, quarterback fans.

Early prognostications have the Chiefs taking Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel, and not a signal-caller, with the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The following survey of 14 draft projections includes eight "votes" for Joeckel, five for West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, and one for Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei.

The Chiefs haven't drafted a quarterback in the first round since taking Penn State's Todd Blackledge seven overall in 1983.

This snapshot could well change in the days leading up to the April 25-27 draft, of course, so we'll continue to track the mood of the pundits each week.

Geno Smith, QB, WVU — Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

Smith — Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com

Smith — Rob Rang, CBSSports.com

Smith — Walter Football

Smith — Zach Kruse, Bleacher Report

Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M — Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com

Joeckel — Charles Davis, NFL.com

Joeckel — Gil Brandt, NFL.com

Joeckel — Mel Kiper, ESPN

Joeckel — Drafttek

Joeckel — Don Banks, SI.com

Joeckel — Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

Joeckel — Peter Schrager, FoxSports.com

Star Lotulelei, DL, Utah — Jon Dove, Bleacher Report

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