With the 2013 NFL Draft just over one week away, it looks like we are getting some clarity at the top of the draft. There has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not the Kansas City Chiefs will select former Texas A&M product Luke Joeckel. As of Wednesday night, it looks like that will be the pick.
While this draft does have some alluring tackle prospects, the reality is Luke Joeckel will go first overall, sources said, and Eric Fisher will go in the top five. Miami is high on Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson, who is rising, but if they can land Albert that would free them up, and Arizona and San Diego, picking ahead of the Dolphins, are also high on Johnson, sources said, and Alabama tackle DJ Fluker could also be selected before Miami picks.
It’s a no-brainer pick for the Chiefs to take Joeckel.
As for the Dolphins, they would be wise to use the second-round pick on a proven commodity by trading for Albert.
By bringing in Albert, they solidify their tackle position and can keep Jonathan Martin at right tackle instead of risk the potential damage of having him move to the left side — it wouldn’t be pretty. Miami would then have the flexibility to take the best player available when they are on the clock. It makes more sense than trading up for an unproven rookie.
We will have to see what Miami decides to do, but at least it seems all but certain that the Chiefs will be taking the top tackle No. 1 overall.
As for whether or not they pick up a second-round pick from Miami, we should find out within the next week.