With the NFL Scouting Combine just days away in Indianapolis, this week’s prognostications still 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 12 draft projections includes seven “votes” for Joeckel and five for West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. For now, Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei gets at least one nod (though it’s not reflected here, The Star’s Adam Teicher tabbed Lotulelei No. 1 overall in his latest top 10 list, which he posted on Monday at KansasCity.com/Sports).
The Combine starts Thursday and runs through the weekend in Indy. This snapshot will continue to change in the days leading up to the April 25-27 draft, so we’ll continue to track the mood of the pundits each week.
The Chiefs haven’t drafted a quarterback in the first round since taking Penn State’s Todd Blackledge No. 7 overall in 1983.
Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M — Rob Rang, CBSSports.com
Joeckel — Charles Davis, NFL.com
Joeckel — Gil Brandt, NFL.com
Joeckel — Mel Kiper, ESPN
Joeckel — Drafttek
Joeckel — Don Banks, SI.com
Joeckel — Peter Schrager, FoxSports.com
Geno Smith, QB, WVU — Bucky Brooks, NFL.com
Smith — Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com
Smith — Walter Football
Smith — Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com
Smith — Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News