1. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
The margin between Joeckel and Fisher is razor thin and either guy would be a great fit in the Chiefs’ zone-blocking scheme. I go with Fisher here because he’s slightly bigger and plays with the controlled aggression you find in every great offensive lineman. He’ll be an All-Pro at left tackle, however, if he doesn’t pan out on the blind side he would fit well on the right side or even at guard giving him a higher floor than Joeckel. Coming from a small school he plays with a chip on his shoulder and seems obsessed with getting the most out of his potential.
Alternate Option: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2. Travis Kelce, TE, Cinncinati
This pick is assuming the Albert trade gets done before Friday. This guy has Andy Reid written all over him. In Philly Reid drafted his brother, Jason and another former Cincy Tight End in Brent Celek. Kelce played most of the 2012 season with a sports hernia and showed rare straight-line speed and nastiness as a blocker. Yes, Moeaki and Fasano are here, but Reid loves his TE’s and Kelce might be too good to pass up at this point.
Alternate Option: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
3. Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
From a pure skill standpoint, I believe Bailey is the best WR in the entire draft. He has natural hands and almost never double-catches. Shows ability to change tempo in his routes, lulling the defender to sleep at times, before accelerating out of his breaks. Has a bigger frame than height indicates with long arms (32 ¾") and big hands (9 ¾"). Uses his body to shield defenders and gets position on inside routes making him a great fit for Reid’s offense. Has the competitive drive and instincts to thrive at the X receiver position opposite Dwayne Bowe.
Alternate Option: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
3b. Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (OH)
Has the arm, athleticism, size, and leadership skills to be great. 4 year starter and 3-time team captain who broke all of Big Ben’s passing records at Miami. Has never been surrounded by great talent, played in 3 different offenses in as many seasons, and had 5 different quarterback coaches in his time at Miami. I think he’ll be a better pro than college player in the right system. A perfect fit in Reid’s offense and would benefit from being able to sit behind Smith and Daniel for the next few years. Great teams draft QB’s before they need them, Dorsey and Reid have a long history of doing the same.
Alternative Option: Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida
4. Corey Lemonier, OLB, Auburn
Flash back to October and this guy’s being projected as a first round pick. His lack of production in the second half of last season causes him to fall all the way to the middle rounds where the Chiefs can solidify depth at the OLB position and a chess piece to add to the mix on obvious passing downs. His burst at the snap is elite and his combine numbers (4.60 40 yd w/1.60 10 yd split) were among the best for d-linemen. Gives all-out effort when rushing the passer and shows the ability to knife through traffic to bring down the QB or stop runners in their tracks.
Alternative Option: David Quessenberry, OT/OG, San Jose State
5. J.C. Tretter, OG, Cornell
Jeff Allen was responsible for allowing pressure up the middle for most of last season. Tretter is insanely athletic for his size and shows the ability to mirror rushers. Will benefit from an NFL weight training program and needs to add strength to handle big defensive lineman. Has All-Pro potential.
Alternative Option: Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Harvard
6. John Boyett, S, Oregon
He’s on the small side at 5’10" 204 but more than makes up for it with a crazy-aggressive style. Flies around the field and disrupts vs. both the pass and run. Willing in run support and propels his body like a missile into ball carriers. Surprising range from the deep safety spot and will be a factor on special teams from day 1.
Alternative Option: Luke Marquardt, OT, Azusa Pacific
6b. LaTavius Murray, HB, Central Florida
Big back (6’2" 223) with rare speed (4.38) and acceleration for his size. Shows surprising burst and sticks his foot in the ground and gets downhill as soon as he sees a crease. Would be a great fit for the zone scheme.
Alternative Option: Quinton Dial, DE, Alabama
7. Vince Williams, ILB, Florida State
Lit it up at the Senior Bowl with a handful of highlight reel hits. Fits well next to D.J. as a two-down ‘backer with the ability to blow up pulling guards and wrecking plays before they develop.