NFL Draft 2015: Chiefs show confidence in Eric Kush


Jul 27, 2013; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel (10) throws a pass behind offensive lineman Eric Kush (52) during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs went with a cornerback in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday night, selecting Marcus Peters out of the University of Washington. Many fans, including a majority of draft analysts, thought the Chiefs would draft a lineman or receiver. However, the pick makes a lot of sense in regard to the team’s recent struggle in getting turnovers. The Chiefs ranked last in the league in interceptions and with two Pro Bowl quarterbacks in the division, this was a smart football move.

What I took away from this pick, though, was the fact that Cameron Erving, who many consider the best center in the draft, was available when we took Peters. This has to be a confidence boost for Eric Kush, who currently is in the driver’s seat for the starting center job. Kush, who played at the University of California (PA), was drafted 170th overall in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Kansas City did draft Mitch Morse in the second round out of the University of Missouri, but a second-round pick is not a guaranteed starter. Kush has two years in the system and a little NFL experience under his belt. Morse will undoubtedly come in and provide competition, but passing on Erving was a signal that the front office could be comfortable with Kush starting Week 1.

As much as I want to say, “Good for him, he’s earned it,” I can’t. Kush was handed the position by default. He will likely be starting simply due to Kansas City’s inability to afford Rodney Hudson, along with having a greater need at corner.

This is a risky move by the Chiefs that could end up in disaster. In looking at a scouting report, the evaluation of Kush’s upside left much to be desired.

"“Kush was a terrific small-school lineman who filled a variety of roles and showed a good feel for the positions he played. He offers limited upside for the next level, but the ability to be used at several offensive line positions will help him get into camp this summer.”"

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In a nutshell, this guy wasn’t supposed to be a starting center. He was projected to be a project who could possibly make an NFL team. That’s not say that the scouts who graded them couldn’t be wrong. There have been many Cinderella stories starring players not highly regarded initially. I hope this is the case as Kansas City opens up its schedule at the Houston Texans. The Texans are a team with a ferocious defensive line, which will live in the backfield without good protection.

In a recent interview, Kush said the following about his situation: “You prepare either way, train as hard as I can regardless and prepare for 2015 season.” Regardless of what happens, I’m going to do my part and work as hard as I can to benefit the team as best I can.”

What do you think, Addicts? Are you believers in Eric Kush?