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1. Kansas City – Luke Joeckel – T – Texas A&M

Compares To: Duane Brown; Brown struggled early in his career in pass protection, however ultimately developed into the top rated offensive tackle in football. Joeckel will minimize those early struggles playing on the right side of the line.

Joeckel has solid upside and provides flexibility in the long-term for the Chiefs. Immediately he becomes the starter at right tackle for an offense that should start to turn some heads. If Joeckel shows the ability to play on the left side, within a year the Chiefs could part ways with Brandon Albert after one year at the Franchise Tag. Joeckel could slide to the left side and open up 10m in salary cap flexibility in a year. Eric Fisher is gaining momentum and truth be told, may be the better left tackle prospect at this point. However, Joeckel is stronger at the point of attack, and the Andy Reid trend is to value strength across the line.

Kansas City immediately becomes a player in the AFC West with a strong running game and improved quarterback play. Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Anthony Fasano and a healthy Jamal Charles behind an offensive line that highlights two of the better tackles and young guard tandem in the league, should translate into enough for Andy Reid to move the ball.
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