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Chiefs will draft best player available, not reach for a quarterback

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MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 29: Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the Baylor Bears during the game on September 29, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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New Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey says he wants to select the best player available with the first overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, and that he won’t address a specific need at quarterback -- or any other position.

Dorsey says he expects the next three months to be full of questions about how the Chiefs can find a difference-making player with the first pick, but all he can do is examine everyone and take the best football player.

“We all know there is some pressure involved,” Dorsey said, via the Kansas City Star. “You make the right pick by choosing the best player available. I know of no other philosophy.”

The other philosophy is that if you’re a quarterback-needy team (as the Chiefs are), you take a quarterback and hope he can develop into a franchise savior. But Dorsey doesn’t seem inclined to do that.

In this year’s draft, West Virginia’s Geno Smith and USC’s Matt Barkley are generally viewed as the top quarterbacks. But Smith and Barkley are not the kind of elite prospects that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were a year ago. If the Chiefs are going to take the best player regardless of position, they’d be more likely to take Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel, Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore, Alabama guard Chance Warmack or LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo.

At least, right now it looks like one of those players would be the best player available. Sometimes in the pre-draft process, teams convince themselves that the best player available is a quarterback.