Nov 23, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) during the second quarter against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Kansas City Chiefs Draft Grades: Zach Fulton

Did the Kansas City Chiefs find their starting right guard? Zach Fulton certainly has the potential to turn into one.

With the first of two sixth-round picks, the Chiefs took the Tennessee Volunteers’ right guard, an offensive line that could feature four draft picks when all is said and done. Here are a few write-ups on Fulton.

Walter Football on Fulton:

2013 was Fulton’ third season starting at right guard for Tennessee. He has some power to open holes in the run game. Fulton broke into the starting lineup as a freshman while dealing with some injuries. He started every game as a sophomore and junior. In 2013, Fulton improved his pass blocking. He remained a tough run-blocker. Sources said they view Fulton as a third-day player. He had a better performance than expected at the Combine. 

Draft Insider:

Three-year starter at right guard. Semi-athletic lineman who plays with intelligence. Fires off the snap, explosive at the point, and turns defenders from the line. Plays with a nasty attitude, quickly gets his hands into opponents, and works them throughout the play. Strong and displays the ability to steer athletic defensive tackles from the action.

Does Fulton have what it takes to be a plug-and-play guard? This is a question we’ll be following during training camp as the Chiefs are going to have an interesting battle between Rishaw Johnson, Jeff Linkenbach and Fulton.

Kansas City needed to add some depth to their offensive line and they got a very solid project in Fulton at the very least. Given Fulton’s experience in college and his size, one would think with good coaching he could have a very decent shot at earning a starting spot.

How would you grade the selection of Zach Fulton?

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  • micah stephenson

    Another A. We needed a wr but a guard is cool too. Great draft this yr.

    • Chris Tarrants

      I have been stoked about this draft since Thursday night! Dee Ford is going to make our pass rush even nastier, Gaines will be quality depth in the backfield, Black Mamba will be terrorizing every special teams unit that we face and hopefully become our Wes Welker, Aaron Murray will be a game ready backup and potentially one day a starter even tho I am still high on Bray, then throw in a couple of big nasties to compete on the oline! It doesn’t get much better than that

      • micah stephenson

        Yea. I like it.

  • Chris Tarrants

    I can’t give a grade because I know absolutely nothing about a guard from Tenn! What I will do is let Alex Smith answer that question in about 6 months

  • Roger Mihalko


    STRENGTHS Looks the part with good overall size and mass. Strong enough to anchor in pass protection. Flashes thump on contact and ability to down block and seal run lanes. Started 40 games in the SEC and has experience locking horns with NFL-caliber defensive tackles. Has raw traits to develop. Coachable pleaser and will appeal to offensive line coaches. Good teammate.

    WEAKNESSES Does not breathe fire or impose his will. Still learning how to generate power through his core. Has heavy legs and could stand to improve footwork. Is a soft puncher and tends to overextend. Needs to improve grip strength and sustain. Struggles to engage linebackers in space. Awareness is lacking — not ideally suited to shift to center. Struggles to connect with moving targets. Has a history of ankle injuries. Recorded the slowest 20-yard shuttle (5.18 seconds) of any combine participant.

    I’m not overly thrilled here, they could have got much better in the 5th round if they didn’t draft that QB, Actually could have gone Guard in 4th round and Tackle in fifth round. Would have been much better players.