Only Room for 1 QB in Draft's 1st Round

Only Room for 1 QB in Draft's 1st Round

So Manti T'eo goes in the first round, but USC's Matt Barkley doesn't?

 

With less than three weeks to go before the NFL draft, that's a distinct possibility. The Times projects four safeties, two guards and the controversial Notre Dame linebacker to go in the opening round, but only one quarterback.

 

A look at how the first round could unfold:

 

1. CHIEFS — Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M: If they don't sign Branden Albert to a long-term deal, the Chiefs need a capable blind-side bodyguard for newly acquired quarterback Alex Smith. Joeckel and Eric Fisher are the best in this class.

 

2. JAGUARS — Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: Floyd, the best defensive tackle in the draft, would be a welcome addition to a team that finished 30th in total defense last season and last in sacks.

 

3. RAIDERS — Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: Even though they signed Tracy Porter to a one-year deal, the Raiders still need a lot of help at corner. Milliner ran a scorching 4.31-second 40 at the combine.

 

4. EAGLES — Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Philadelphia isn't going to spend all that money to hire Chip Kelly, then leave the cupboard bare at quarterback. Michael Vick is at best a short-term solution.

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