The Kansas City Chiefs traded for Alex Smith earlier this week, and in doing so, made it clear that they won’t be drafting a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s NFL Draft.
It’s a familiar story for Chiefs fans, whose franchise quarterback is always another team’s backup. The last time Kansas City drafted a QB in the first round was in 1987, when it selected Todd Blackledge with the 7th pick.
This year’s QB crop is not a compelling one. West Virginia’s Geno Smith is widely considered to be the best available talent, but few analysts believe he’s worthy of the top selection. That has many teams, including the Chiefs, looking at other positions.
A pair of offshore sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag, set Smith’s over/under draft position at 10.5. It seems unlikely that he’ll fall that far (the Jaguars, Raiders, Eagles and Bills might all show interest), but at this point, nobody knows.
What we do know, or at least what we think we know, is who the Chiefs will take.
For now, it appears they’ll go with Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel. The four-year starter and Outland Trophy winner is currently listed as a -300 favorite to land with the Chiefs, while the field is listed at 2-to-1.
The NFL Draft props at offshore books is limited for now, but expect to see many more offerings in the weeks ahead.
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Courtesy of Bovada.lv: