With four days until the Eagles find themselves on the clock at No. 4 in the 2013 NFL Draft, it's time to ramp up the annual Fan Mock Draft, wherein you decide which players will be selected with each of the first four picks come Thursday night. It begins, of course, with the Kansas City Chiefs and the first overall pick. At the helm of that decision is our old friend Andy Reid, and if anyone can predict what Reid will do on draft day, it might be you, the Eagles fans.
So what are the options for the Chiefs? Knowing that Reid often likes to focus on the line of scrimmage, much of the speculation surrounding the first overall pick encircles the top two offensive tackles. Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel has been the odds-on favorite for some time, but in truth, no one knows what the Chiefs' draft board looks like. Joeckel, 6-6, 306, started every game at left tackle for the Aggies as a true freshman in 2010, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors. Two years later, Joeckel earned All-American and All-SEC honors as a junior before deciding to enter the NFL Draft. He has the requisite athleticism to play left tackle for a long time in the NFL and is strong enough to excel in the running game as well.
But the Chiefs might not have Joeckel rated as their top tackle. Instead, it's possible that Central Michigan's Eric Fisher carries that distinction. Fisher, 6-7, 306, is considered the more athletic of the two top tackle prospects which means he may project as a slightly better pass protector. Knowing how much Reid likes to throw the ball, that could bode well for Fisher's chances of earning the top pick. After an impressive collegiate career at Central Michigan, Fisher only helped his draft stock with a dominant week at the Senior Bowl, which kick-started a solid pre-draft run-up for the 22-year-old.
Then again, what if the Chiefs turn their attention to defense at the top of the draft? If that's the case, the prevailing notion is that Oregon's Dion Jordan would be the pick. Eagles fans might get a kick out of Reid using the first overall pick on a linebacker of all things, but because the Chiefs employ a 3-4 defense, Jordan would be one Reid's patented "fastballs." A dynamic athlete, Jordan is intriguing because of the versatility in what he offers. Jordan projects as a top-level pass-rusher, but he was also so good in coverage at Oregon that he was occasionally tasked with covering opposing wide receivers.
Joeckel, Fisher and Jordan seem to be the three most likely candidates for the Chiefs according to most reports, but is there anyone else who could be the target of a draft-day surprise? Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd? West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith? Both seem unlikely, but the truth is no one seems to know exactly what Reid and the Chiefs will do come Thursday night. For now, you get to decide.
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