With a 2-14 record, the Chiefs have the first overall pick for the first time in franchise history. And with an abysmal offensive display in 2012, quarterback will be the top need for the Chiefs this offseason.
In the 2008 NFL Draft, the Dolphins top need was at quarterback, but with the No. 1 overall selection, Miami decided to go with the "safe" pick (left tackle Jake Long), passing on Matt Ryan.
Fast-forward to the present and the Chiefs will face a similar conundrum, go with the reliable left tackle prospect (Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher) or is there a quarterback the decision-makers at Arrowhead feel is worthy of the No. 1 overall pick?
With free agency on the nearby radar, the direction each team will take in the 2013 NFL Draft should become clearer over the coming weeks.
1. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS -- ERIC FISHER, OT, CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Most are projecting Geno Smith or Luke Joeckel to the Chiefs with the No. 1 overall pick, but Eric Fisher is just as likely a possibility here. Following up his strong performance in Mobile, Fisher pushed the envelope even further with an excellent few days in Indianapolis at the 2013 NFL Combine.
2. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS -- DION JORDAN, DE/LB, OREGON
New Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley will be on the lookout for a versatile pass rusher that he can plug into the "Leo" pass rusher position in his defense. Jordan has some questions about his durability and bulk, but his versatility and athleticism makes him worthy of this selection.
3. OAKLAND RAIDERS -- SHARRIF FLOYD, DT, FLORIDA
The Raiders need help in several areas, most importantly at quarterback, but do they reach for one with this pick or are they content with Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor for the short-term? With Richard Seymour and others set to hit free agency, Oakland needs to get stronger on the defensive line, drafting Floyd would be a great start.
4. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES -- LUKE JOECKEL, OT, TEXAS A&M
Just like other positions on the Eagles depth chart, offensive tackle looked to be a strength, but injuries have really taken a toll on this team. Although Jason Peters injury situation will be a factor in Philadelphia choosing a tackle, Joeckel has the chance to grow into one of the NFL's most consistent blockers.
5. DETROIT LIONS -- DEE MILLINER, CB, ALABAMA
What is the Lions' greatest need, defensive end or cornerback? The answer is debatable, but if they decide to lean towards the secondary, Milliner would be a great fit with his tough, instinctive ability to blanket opposing receivers.
6. CLEVELAND BROWNS -- BARKEVIOUS MINGO, DE/LB, LSU
With the Browns transitioning to a hybrid 3-4 defensive scheme under new coordinator Ray Horton, there is a more-than-good chance that this pick is defense. Mingo doesn't have a strong resume, but his skill-set and athletic upside pushes his value up draft boards.
7. ARIZONA CARDINALS -- GENO SMITH, QB, WEST VIRGINIA
With a new general manager and head coach in Phoenix, the Cardinals are a wildcard at this pick, especially with their uncertainty at the quarterback position. If Smith is still on the board here, Arizona might not be able to pass him up, giving Bruce Arians a talented quarterback he can build his offense around.
8. BUFFALO BILLS -- CORDARRELLE PATTERSON, WR, TENNESSEE