ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said only four players are reasonably worthy of consideration by the Chiefs for the first pick in the draft.
None is quarterback or even a wide receiver, positions of great need for the Chiefs. The group includes two outside linebackers, Jarvis Jones of Georgia and Damontre Moore of Texas A&M, a defensive tackle in Utah’s Star Lotulelei and an offensive tackle, Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M.
None at this point appears to be a great fit with the Chiefs. They already have one Pro Bowl outside linebacker in Tamba Hali and a first alternate choice in the other, Justin Houston.
They’ve drafted a defensive lineman in the first round in three of the last five years, including Dontari Poe in 2012. They have Branden Albert at left tackle, though he would be an unrestricted free agent if the Chiefs don’t re-sign him in the next couple of months.
If the Chiefs agree with Kiper’s assessment, it makes a trade out of that first spot more attractive if the can find a team to make a deal with.
“The problem is with Kansas City, what they need is not there,” Kiper said. “The quarterback is not there. They don’t need a 3-4 outside linebacker, so you don’t take Jarvis Jones. Demontre Moore doesn’t fit what they do. He’s a DeMarcus Ware type and could play in the 3-4 and could end up being a star but they have two outside linebackers, so you take out Moore and you take out Jones. I don’t think you take Lotulelei just because you’ve taken that position over the last several years.
“Do you take the left tackle? You have Albert. You have to see if he comes back. You could always kick him inside or move him to right tackle. That’s a tough call. It would be perfect if there was a big-time quarterback but there is none and that’s why the Kansas City Chiefs have to think about moving down.”
Kiper has the Chiefs taking Joeckel, 6 feet 6 and 310 pounds, who started all three of his collegiate seasons at left tackle. Last week he declared he would forfeit his final season of eligibility at Texas A&M by declaring for the draft.