Chiefs get close look at Luke Joeckel

The Kansas City Chiefs' interest in Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel is taking the next step.

As planned, the team’s brass and offensive line coaches are holding private workout with Joeckel on Friday. He is considered the favorite to be the No. 1 pick if the Chiefs don’t deal it. The team is looking at several players with the No. 1 pick.

But Joeckel, as of now, is the odds-on favorite to be the choice.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs want a second-round pick this year, plus a a pick in next year’s draft for left tackle Branden Albert. The team is shopping Albert in a trade. He signed his franchise tender Thursday.

If Albert is kept, Joeckel would play right tackle and be insurance if Albert is not given a long-term deal next year. Joeckel would play left tackle this year if Albert is traded.

In other AFC West news:

A Denver Post columnist thinks the Broncos should sign middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. The team did just sign free-agent Stewart Bradley.

CBS Sports reports there is a lot of interest in San Diego defensive lineman Vaughn Martin. The Chargers want to keep him. Martin is a solid player who has taken time to develop, but who is worth keeping.