Do The Chiefs Have The NFL’s 4th Best Offensive Line?
Earlier in the offseason, Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli said that addressing needs along the offensive line was one of his top priorities.
After adding Eric Winston and adding two tackles in the 2012 NFL draft, at least one expert thinks that the Chiefs have one of the best offensive lines in all of football.
Evan Silva of rotoworld.com has released a list ranking the top lines in the game and he thinks quite highly of what Pioli’s assembled in KC.
"Top reserves: G/T Jeff Allen, OG Darryl Harris, OT Donald Stephenson, C Rob Bruggeman, OT David Mims.Overview: The Chiefs are gearing up to run one of the NFL’s most smash-mouth attacks, and they have the trench talent to execute. Tackle play is an immediate strength with Albert emerging as perhaps the league’s most underrated blindside blocker, and Winston joining the mix on the strong side. Asamoah is a nasty right guard whose run blocking will only improve as a second-year starter. Groomed behind Casey Wiegmann last season, Hudson is ready for prime time at center. Lilja and rookie Allen will duke it out at left guard. Depth is a concern beyond the top six linemen here, but this unit oozes potential and will likely prove to be a top-five grouping in ’12."
Silva’s right. Pioli made moves in the 2010 and 2011 drafts to begin adding depth to the line by adding Jon Asamoah and Rodney Hudson. Asamoah started last year at guard and Hudson will soon be the new starting center. With the additions of Winston at RT and Allen and Stephenson through the draft, a unit that was fairly solid last season (save Barry Richardson) could be something special in 2012.
What do you think Addicts? Are the Chiefs set up to have a dominant line this season or will the young guys need a season or two before their impact is felt?