I don't know if its appropriate to make a fan post as a casual observer of this site, but as a 30 year fan of the team I feel entitled to dispel some insanity that has been floating around.
Luke Joeckel makes no sense whatsoever for the Chiefs. We have a franchise left tackle in Branden Albert. It would make no sense to let him walk. Progress is made by adding to the talent on your team, not replacing it. Even if Joeckel turns out to be as good as Albert, with our 1st overall pick in the draft we will have stayed at the same level of talent as last year. NO!
Then I have heard, there is no clear cut guy, and no safe pick at QB. You have a point. There is by many accounts no consensus overall #1 QB. Look guys, the goal here is to win the superbowl. Insert a linebacker into the current equation, and maybe we have 7 guys go to the pro bowl. But with an absence of a true pilot we will still be laying at the bottom of the dumpster next season.
The importance of the QB position can not be overstated. So what if Geno Smith is not Andrew Luck. I will settle for a Russell Wilson, or Colin Kaepernick. Make no mistake, if we select another DT, or a middle linebacker, there is a very good chance that we will be snubbing a QB who is as good or better than both of these guys.
Alex Smith proved he was a good quarterback, and is available in free agency. Ok, first off, there are several QB hungry teams and there is a good chance we will not be able to get him in KC. And if we do, look at the game plan San Francisco devised around Alex Smith. They were the 2010 Chiefs. He can be a game manager, but isn't more required to be great in today's NFL? What is the definition of insanity again? If we don't swing in the draft, and get swooped in on in free agency, you might as well forget about spending your money on Sunday ticket.
Lastly, consider the rarity of being in this position. We are now finally, actually in the position where we have the chance to get a good quarterback. There seemed to be no one around for the last few years, we were just stuck with Matt Cassell. We may be in the position of not having a chance to upgrade at QB again for years. And we are going to pass on this most important opportunity for a linebacker, a tackle, or a cornerback?
How important is drafting a QB this year with the first overall pick
There really is no other option (7 votes)
I could go either way (9 votes)
I would prefer a safer pick, we can move back and get a QB in the later rounds (19 votes)
Dude, we have Stanzi, a quarterback is not needed (6 votes)
I'm really frustrated, and can't believe we are even considering not taking a qb (13 votes)
54 total votes