NFL Draft Profiles: Offensive Tackles Edition

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Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Offensive tackle Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) is introduced as the first overall pick to the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft will be finished by this time four weeks from now, so we’ll have far more interesting discussions about who the Chiefs actually did take as opposed to who they could take. Until then we are stuck talking about who the Chiefs may take in the draft. Today we take a look at the offensive tackles in the 2014 class.

Offensive tackle is a curious discussion when it comes to the Chiefs. Whether fans like it or not, Eric Fisher is going to be a tackle for the Chiefs in 2014. What may not be so certain is the future of Donald Stephenson, who for the moment is pegged to be the starting right tackle. Is there a chance the Chiefs take an offensive tackle with their first round pick to secure the right side of the offensive line and keep their flex tackle?

Consider Stephenson will be a free agent in two years. Fisher is controlled by the Chiefs for four more years and an offensive tackle selection in the first round would lock down right tackle for five years. Given the way defenses try to create matchups by moving their best pass rushers around, it may be a good idea to solidify each tackle position.

Merge the “solidify each end of the offensive line” theory with John Dorsey and Andy Reid‘s draft histories and offensive line could be the route the Chiefs go. Dorsey’s Packers took offensive tackles in consecutive drafts in 2010 and 2011 so it wouldn’t be too out of character. Both have a history of solidifying the line of scrimmage using first round picks.

Drafting an offensive tackle in the first round could be in play for the Chiefs, who appear to be progressively rebuilding their offensive line. Branden Albert is gone, and so is Jon Asamoah. Rodney Hudson is a free agent next spring. Is it out of the question the Chiefs address both tackle and guard in the draft?

Here are a few tackles the Chiefs may target in the first round along with a few other options.

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  • berttheclock

    Remember, when Dorsey was with Green Bay, they also took 4th round tackles and converted them into starting guards. Last year, Thompson continued this pattern, so when you look at the depth chart for the Packers, all four guards starting and backups are former college tackles and all were 4th round pickups. Dorsey took T J Lang and Josh Sillon and Thompson added Lane Taylor and J C Trettler

    BTW, last time Reid was involved with taking an offensive lineman with the Eagles, he took a guard at 23, Danny Watkins, and he ended up being a bust.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Reid might be the QB whisperer but I think you’re right Bert, he might want to let Dorsey make the tackle selections.

  • berttheclock

    One thing I really like about the comments of some of the tackles, especially, the ones noted for dropping into the lower rounds is their respective abilities to handle bull rushes. When, I reviewed several of the guard only types in the draft, I noticed several of them were prone to being over whelmed by bull rushes. This is a major problem both Asamoah and Jeff Allen have had to deal with in not letting more powerful defensive tackles bull rush them. As I mentioned below, Dorsey has gone with lower round tackles and moved them to guard. If they can handle bull rushes, so much the better. Allen was a college tackle moved to guard, but, he never has seemed to really fit that position.

  • Calchiefsfan

    By the way Ben, thanks for doing all the research on this. It’s going to be very interesting to see which way the Chiefs go in the draft.

    On a side note, I just got through watching WR highlights and I think I prefer Cooks then Beckham followed by Lee. Cooks is like a faster, quicker, stronger (as in harder to tackle), better hands version of Dexter McCluster. I could learn to like that pick a lot, especially if he ends up playing the slot because someone like A.J. Jenkins ends up coming on strong. I do have to say that Beckham looked pretty awesome in his own right.

  • Brian Dempsey

    I don’t see a Tackle being drafted in round 1. I also believe that Stephenson has an excellent future, as it’s not an easy feat to find an athletic Tackle like him that can play both sides. Stephenson is a keeper for sure & he wants to play in KC & I’m hoping the Chiefs can work something out with him and keep him around.