If you are a Chiefs fan, you know the struggles of last year. Yeah, the Chiefs finished 14-2 in the regular season, making that the best season in franchise history, but the offensive line was bad the whole season.
Patrick Mahomes was able to make the struggles up front not look as bad as they actually were. Obviously, those struggles were exposed in the Super Bowl.
Of course, the Chiefs were hit with some injury bugs in that department, with Fisher and Schwartz both missing significant games. Now, the Chiefs made some moves in free agency to help with that.
Joe Thuney signed a big deal with Kansas City after winning a few Supe`1r Bowls in New England. Kyle Long is a savvy veteran who has done this for a while. So will the Chiefs target offensive linemen in the first round?
The Real Position Chiefs Should Target in First Round
Obviously, we all know about the offensive line struggles. But is that really what the Chiefs should do with their first-round pick? No, it isn’t.
Kansas City is in dire need of good linebacker play, and this draft is stacked with just that. The moves Kansas City made this offseason to their offensive line improved, mostly because they have healthy players. So the emphasis on the offensive line is still urgent but not near as bad as before.
Of course, the Chiefs drafted Willie Gay Jr. in the second round last year. He is a linebacker from Mississippi State who has shown tremendous talent but does not get many opportunities.
With the Chiefs picking in the back of the first round at the 31st pick, not much will be there. However, a few players could slip that the Chiefs should definitely look into to strengthen their defense.
You have guys like Azeez Ojulari from Georgia, who is a physical specimen. He has excellent hands and a unique ability to get to the quarterback. His tools need to be sharpened, but coach Spags will surely help with that.
Zaven Collins from Tulsa is another guy that is expected to go in the back of the first round. Collins is another athletic freak who could end up being an excellent ball stopper with the potential to drop back in coverage a bit.
The Chiefs have a few more options, but with the draft, you never know. Safe to say, Brett Veach will find a diamond in the rough. Just look at what he did with L’Jarius Sneed.
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