Round 5: Pick 173 | MyCole Pruitt, TE, Southern Illinois
Pruitt comes off the board next with the second of the Chiefs’ two consecutive R5 picks. The selection of the highly-productive, small-school prospect out of the Missouri Valley Conference gives Kansas City two tight end possibilities that ought to make Alex Smith salivate. Pruitt’s not as complete a tight end as Travis Kelce was in his second season, but as a pass-catcher he’d give Andy Reid another sure-handed offensive weapon. He does have some similarities to Kelce though. Pruitt has good straight-line speed and the ability to break tackles.
Round 6: Pick 193 | Austin Shepherd, OT, Alabama
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Austin Shepherd logged 27 starts at right tackle for Alabama. He’s experienced at the spot, but needs time in an NFL program to refine his game as a run blocker. Shepherd can struggle at times to find a target and lock onto him at the second level. He’s more polished as a pass protector, but could stand to be more consistent in fending off speed rushers. The knock on Shepherd is a lack of recovery speed if a defender gets a step on him after the snap. He may need a year or two to mature, but figures to be an ideal fit for Andy Reid’s zone-blocking system.
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