KC steps up first in the NFL draft

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NEW YORK CITY -- NFL Draft Day is an especially huge event in Kansas City this year because the Chiefs have the first pick.

This is the first time they've had such a position, thanks to the worst record last year in the NFL (tied with Jacksonville).

But FOX 4 Sports Director Al Wallace says the Chiefs still aren't talking about their pick. There's still no word on exactly who they'll take with the overall first pick when the NFL Draft gets underway Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

All signs continue to point towards Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel. He won the Outland trophy this past year as the top offensive lineman in the country. He's leaving school early after his junior year.

The other most-speculated player is Eric Fisher from Central Michigan. The left tackle has similar talent to Joeckel, according to ESPN, which says "Joeckel may have an edge because of the level of competition he faced in college, but Fisher is considered nastier with perhaps more physical gifts."

The Chiefs have eight picks overall. The first, and then none in the second round, two in the third round on Friday and five picks overall on Saturday.

ChiefsPast Chiefs' first-round draft picks include:

  • 2005 Derrick Johnson
  • 2006 Tamba Hali
  • 2007 Dwayne Bowe
  • 2008 Glenn Dorsey & Brandon Albert
  • 2009 Tyson Jackson
  • 2010 Eric Berry
  • 2011 Jonathan Baldwin
  • 2012 Dontari Poe

FOX 4 will follow the draft live and also on social media. Most of the star players are on Twitter.

What NFL players will you follow on twitter and Instagram during the draft? Talk to us on facebook or twitter and take our poll below.

Watch parties are going on all over the metro and the nation tonight.

810 Zone in Leawood and Lee's Summit has scheduled special appearances from Ryan Succop, the Chiefs cheerleaders and KC Wolf.

Look for them at the following times:

  • 5:00-5:45 p.m. - 810 Zone in Lee's Summit
  • 6:15-7:00 p.m. - 810 Zone in Leawood

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