The NFL Draft is coming up, and the Chiefs have things to address. It is no secret, Kansas City’s problems were exploited in the Super Bowl. They need to get offensive line help, and they need to get it now, at a low price.
Since the Chiefs already signed Joe Thuney to a huge deal this offseason, Kansas City will be looking for more help, but more cheaply. The best way to do that is through the draft.
Kansas City has done that in the past, a few times actually, and had a bit of success. Eric Fisher, the Chief’s former number one pick, panned out for a few years. However, he is no longer with the team.
This draft has a ton of great offensive tackles that can be found in the late first round. The Chiefs should look into these five, if they are available at the 31st pick.
5 Offensive Tackles Chiefs Should Target In NFL Draft
These five players are all highly coveted tackles in the draft. However, due to this draft’s skill-position talent, they are expected to go late in the first round. With the Chiefs picking second to last in the first round, they can indeed find one of these players to help their team.
Sam Cosmi, Texas
The 6’7″ tackle is one of the more athletic tackles in the draft. At 302 pounds, he is a little lighter on his feet than most at his position. Cosmi played three years at Texas, where he was a huge part of protecting their quarterback Sam Ehlinger. In those three seasons, Cosmi graded at 82 pass-blocking grades according to Pro Football Focus. The tackle also graded out at 90.5 by PFF overall in the 2020 season.
Walker Little, Stanford
Walker Little has played one game since 2018. No, that isn’t ideal for a tackle being evaluated. However, when he did play, he looked dominant. Little has all the physical tools to be a great tackle in the NFL. At 6’7″, 309 pounds, Walker Little has immense size and the ability to block in the pass and run game. However, the question still stands, is he NFL ready?
Dillion Randunz, North Dakota State
The 299-pound tackle tore his ACL in the 2017 season. However, don’t let that be a knock on him. Randunz has started and played every game since then. His durability is definitely a plus, as the ACL tear was more of an anomaly for him. Dillion Randunz was a key piece in North Dakota State’s offense for several years. He is a big reason as to why Trey Lance was able to do the things he did. Lance is a scramble type of quarterback who can make plays out of nothing, much like Patrick Mahomes. Randunz would be a great addition to this offensive line.
Elijah Vera-Tucker, USC
This is maybe the second most known tackle in this draft. Mainly because Vera-Tucker was highly touted before the end of the 2021 season. However, his stock has fallen a bit. Elijah Vera-Tucker is a little shorter than the other tackles in this draft. At 6’4″ 315, Vera-Tucker can still get the job done. Overall, Vera-Tucker earned an 81.1 grade while at college.
Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State
Maybe the best statistical player out of the bunch would be Teven Jenkins. When you think about Oklahoma State, you probably think about star-running back Chubba Hubbard. Well, Jenkins had a lot to do with that as well. However, Jenkins can also pass-block just as well. A tackle with the combination of strength and intangibles like he has would be great for a team like Kansas City.
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