NFL Draft Profiles: Interior Offensive Linemen Kansas City May Consider

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Nov 30, 2013; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos offensive linesman Charles Leno (78) on senior day at Bronco Stadium. Boise State defeated New Mexico 45-17. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports


HEIGHT: 6-4 WEIGHT: 303 COLLEGE: Boise State

10 YARD SPLIT: 1.81 BENCH: 21 BROAD: 9’04”

Charles Leno may be the most versatile player on this list. He’s played both right tackle and left tackle and made be the all-Mountain West team at both positions. Leno also received some snaps as a tight end.

There is an opinion by some his best position in the NFL will be as a guard because of his size. Athleticism is not an issue for Leno, and he was a top performer at the NFL Combine in the 20-yard shuttle.

It has been noted by some he is a good fit in a zone blocking scheme. One such evaluation can from Nolan Nawrocki, who also noted the flexibility that comes with Leno.

"[M]ost ideally suited for a role as a versatile, swing backup in a zone-blocking scheme. Has not learned how to translate his athletic ability and explosion to the field, yet possesses enough length, agility and untapped talent to find a role for a patient offensive line coach. Could warrant interest inside as a guard or center where he has help on each side."

Here’s Dane Brugler on Leno.

"Long arms with a wide stance and nimble feet, staying light with his lateral shuffle. Coordinated athlete with good lean, balance and knee bend in his blocks. Nice job squaring his shoulders with proper eye use to track and mirror. Understands body angles with good patience and eye discipline. Shoots his hands and engages well with his length at the point of attack, riding rushers around the perimeter of the pocket. Positive attitude on and off the field."

Projections have Leno as a fifth round selection.