Kansas City Chiefs offensive line

NFL Draft Provides Chiefs With Offensive Help

  • 2020 NFL Draft
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Patrick Mahomes
By Michael Scheibach March 23, 2020 0 Comment
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The interior of the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line in 2019 saw a dip in production from 2018. Luckily, the 2020 NFL Draft provides options to help.

If he didn’t have to scramble every time the offensive line broke down, Patrick Mahomes would unquestionably raise the bar in his already impressive young career. When able to throw from the pocket without pressure, his completion rate last year was 72.4 percent. When he had to move out of the pocket under pressure, his completion rate dropped to just 44.7 percent. The Kansas City Chiefs also ranked 23rd in rushing last year, yet another indication that the offensive line needs great improvement.

One can argue, accurately, that if the Chiefs had a stronger rushing attack, Mahomes would be even more dangerous. In 2019, Mahomes had a 67.2 percent completion rate on play-action passes. If the Chiefs had a top-15 rushing attack, think what Mahomes’s completion rate might be.

Although Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz anchor the tackle positions, the team needed to replace Cam Erving. Newly signed Mike Remmers adds depth at tackle. But he is not the ultimate solution. Kansas City also needs to bolster the center and guard positions, especially after losing Stefen Wisniewski to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nick Allegretti, a seventh-round pick in 2019, looked promising last year. But the Chiefs must continue to upgrade the offensive line.

With little room under the cap, it makes sense for Brett Veach and Andy Reid to look toward the draft. Although some mock drafts have the Chiefs drafting a running back or edge rusher with the 32nd pick, they could still find a potential starter in the second or even third round. They need to be on target, however, with only five picks this year—compared to nine picks for the Denver Broncos, and seven each for the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders. The New England Patriots have 12 picks.

Here are five guard prospects that could be available when the Chiefs are ready to pick.

Cody Ford, Oklahoma – At 6-3 and 329 pounds, Ford is a big body which is athletic and can move, registering a 40-yard time of 5.21 seconds at the Combine. He played right tackle for the Sooners, but he is projected as a guard in the pros.

Chris Lindstrom, Boston College – Lindstrom proved his agility at the Combine with a 4.91-second time in the 40-yard dash. At 6-3 and 308 pounds, he is projected as a second-round or late first-round pick. He demonstrated his skills well at the Senior Bowl.

Michael Deiter, Wisconsin – Deiter is a solid blocker, standing 6-5 and weighing 309 pounds. Projected to be a third- or fourth-round pick, he might prove to be another reliable backup, like last year’s Nick Allegretti.

Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas – Adeniji, 6-4 and 300 pounds, was a Big 12 First Team selection in 2019 as a left tackle, but scouts have projected him as an interior lineman at the next level. He was a four-year starter for the Jayhawks.

Ben Bredeson, Wisconsin – Bredeson played four years for the Badgers, playing in all 13 games last year at left guard. He made the Associated Press All-American Third Team in 2019. At 6-5, 315 pounds, he has the size and the athleticism to be a starting guard at the next level.

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