2013 NFL Draft will affect Kansas City Chiefs' Donald Stephenson

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

The Kansas City Chiefs will have their pick of the litter with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Who will they take? Whoever it is, it will affect the future of Donald Stephenson, the Chiefs 2012 third round pick.

We keep talking about the 2013 NFL Draft and its impact on the Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackles. Will they select Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher? How does that affect Branden Albert? Who is the left tackle of the future?

Those are all important questions but next week's NFL Draft also has a lot of meaning for Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson. He was brought in last year as a third round pick and the Chiefs told him then that he was going to be the "flip-flop tackle" as he described it after Wednesday's minicamp.

"Wherever they throw me, I'll be ready to play," Stephenson said on Wednesday, via comments sent out by the Chiefs.

The options are the right or left side of the offensive line. We're not sure yet what Stephenson's role will be. He lined up at left tackle in minicamp but that doesn't tell us much because Branden Albert nor the No. 1 overall pick, which could be a tackle, is in minicamp.

"I don't think about it at all," Stephenson said when asked about the draft. "Right now I'm focused on minicamp."

Stephenson has little control in this situation. He wasn't drafted by the Chiefs new regime so it's unclear how they view him. But we do know that next week's draft -- and the the Branden Albert situation -- will play a big role into his future.

More reading:

Mel Kiper's prediction for the Chiefs

Chiefs mailbag

Fisher or Joeckel? Make your pick

What to know from day one of minicamp

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