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2013 NFL mock draft: Alex Smith trade means no QB at No. 1

With the Kansas City Chiefs trading for Alex Smith, it now looks like an offensive tackle is the favorite to be the 2013 NFL Draft's top pick.


The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade for quarterback Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers, according to Jay Glazer. The trade won't be made official until the new league year begins on March 12, but the deal is in place. Andy Reid and the Chiefs will get their quarterback, and the 49ers will get at least a second-round pick, according to Ian Rapoport.

With the Chiefs acquiring Smith, they won't have a need at quarterback to address with the top overall pick. Many 2013 NFL mock drafts have had Kansas City taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, but that will change going forward. Considering what the Chiefs are reportedly giving up to get Smith, it's clear that they are moving forward with him as their top quarterback.

Whether this is good or bad news for the Detroit Lions depends on your perspective. On the one hand, with an offensive tackle now projected to go first overall to the Chiefs, it's possible that someone like Eric Fisher might not even make it to the Lions' pick at No. 5. Also, there will be one less non-QB available for the Lions to pick. The flip side is that the top quarterback should still be on the board when the Lions go on the clock, potentially opening up the possibility of a trade.

What could the top five of the draft look like with this trade now in place? CBS Sports' Dane Brugler actually has the Chiefs taking Fisher with the top overall pick in his latest mock draft. Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner is next in line at No. 2, with Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel being taken at No. 3 and No. 4. This leaves the Lions with Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner at No. 5.

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