Playing on the offensive line is about as unglamorous as it gets in professional football.

Nobody pays much attention to the guys in the trenches until flags are flying. They spend Sunday afternoons getting punched, kicked and thrown to the turf -- their fingers smashed and their face masks twisted.

So perhaps it's no surprise that since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, only twice has an offensive lineman been selected first overall in the draft -- Orlando Pace (St. Louis) in 1997 and Jake Long (Miami) in 2008.

The Kansas City Chiefs could make it three on Thursday night.

In a draft without a top-end talent at quarterback and no clear-cut No. 1 prospect regardless of position, commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to call out the name of one of two offensive tackles -- Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M or Eric Fisher of Central Michigan -- after the Chiefs hand in their selection at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

"Last year, people picking at the top of the draft were looking for quarterbacks. And fortunately, they were there," said former NFL coach Jon Gruden, now an analyst with ESPN. "If you're looking for a left tackle this year, you're a lucky guy."

The Chiefs insist they're not necessarily looking for a left tackle; they're looking for the best available player, and Joeckel and Fisher happen to fit the bill.

"What I have to do is what's best for the Kansas City Chiefs," said general manager John Dorsey, who helped put together some of Green Bay's best drafts but is calling the shots from the G.M. chair for the first time after being hired in January.

Dorsey and new Chiefs coach Andy Reid have refused to give any indication of whom they might pick, assuming they still have the No. 1 selection. The only thing they've made clear is that they intend to choose whomever they believe is the best player.

Redskins: Coach Mike Shanahan indicated he's going to be more cautious with his franchise quarterback to the point that he's going to make sure Robert Griffin III "never plays if he's not 100 percent." Griffin, the league's offensive rookie of the year in 2012, is recovering from reconstructive surgery after reinjuring his right knee in a playoff loss to Seattle. Shanahan has been criticized for not removing Griffin from the game earlier. "Sometimes you make the right call, other times you don't," Shanahan said. "One thing we're going to make sure of is that Robert never plays if he's not 100 percent."

Browns: Goodell says he met with Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam on Tuesday about the federal investigation into his family's truck stop chain. The FBI alleges widespread fraud of customers at Pilot Flying J, the country's largest diesel retailer. Haslam has said he won't step aside from the Browns or as the company's CEO. "Jimmy's doing everything he's asked. He's cooperating," Goodell said. Haslam bought the team last year.

  • Linebacker Quentin Groves apologized after his citation on a soliciting charge stemming from what police called a prostitution sting. He said he let a lot of people down, starting with his family. Groves entered a no contest plea to disorderly conduct Tuesday in Bedford (Ohio) Municipal Court. The Browns declined to comment.