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NFL draft: Chiefs could make rare choice of OT at No. 1
NFL » Offensive lineman has been picked first overall only twice.

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"What I have to do is what’s best for the Kansas City Chiefs," said general manager John Dorsey, who helped put together some of the Green Bay Packers’ best drafts but is calling the shots from the GM chair for the first time after being hired in January.

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"I’ll explore every option and available thing," he said, "and then you’ll being to weigh those decisions, and you have all the way up until that last minute."

It didn’t come down to the last minute a year ago.

The Colts revealed on Tuesday of draft week that they were selecting quarterback Andrew Luck first overall, and that allowed some of the dominos to start falling. The Redskins traded up to nab quarterback Robert Griffin III, and the draft was off and running.

That won’t be the case this year, partly because there’s no QB worth the No. 1 pick.

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Players at the game’s most vital position have been chosen first overall four straight years, and 10 of the last 12. And the Chiefs probably would have made it five straight if there was someone worth the pick. Instead, they traded with San Francisco to acquire Alex Smith this offseason.

So, everything appears to be circling back to a blindside protector.

The St. Louis Rams decided in 1997 that Pace was a better option than anybody in a forgettable quarterback class that included the likes of Jim Druckenmiller, Danny Wuerffel and Pat Barnes. Pace became a three-time All-Pro and made seven straight Pro Bowls in his 13-year career.

Long, who the Dolphins picked first in 2008, also became an All-Pro and has made four Pro Bowls in his five-year career. But betting against the quarterbacks that year didn’t pay off nearly as well for Miami — Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco were selected later in the first round.

One of the advantages to choosing an offensive tackle is the relative risk. The position is typically easier to evaluate, and project, than some of the skill positions, and rarely do linemen taken high in the draft completely wash out.

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