Draft analyst Kiper: Chiefs could take either of two tackles

04/04/2013 10:33 AM

05/20/2014 10:41 AM

The selection of a tackle with the first pick in the upcoming NFL Draft is a logical one for the Chiefs, given the uncertainty surrounding Branden Albert and the fact two of the top available prospects, Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan, play the position.

Draft analyst Mel Kiper has the Chiefs going with Joeckel in his latest mock, but indicated in a conference call today he would be surprised if the Chiefs went with Fisher.

He has the two rated that closely.

“I've gone back and forth on these two,” Kiper said. “I gave them a similar grade. I gave the edge to Joeckel just because of the level of competition week in and week out. If Fisher had any issues, it was against the lesser opponents, which was a crazy thing. When he had to rise up and go against better opposition, he did a great job. His Senior Bowl week was phenomenal.

“You're splitting hairs. One day you like one better, the next day you like the other better. I think Kansas City is probably going through that themselves.''

-- ADAM TEICHER, The Star

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