Spencer Drango – OL – Baylor
Strengths: Has the natural size that the Chiefs love. Physical blocker with upper body strength to beat guys up if he gets his hands on them first. Plays with a mean streak and loves to finish his blocks all the way to the ground. Quick off the ball to get into position. Understands pass blocking concepts and is able to play isolated. Has experience at OT which can help Chiefs with depth options.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t possess the lower body to match his upper body. Doesn’t utilize his arm length well and plays too inside of himself. Initial punch is slow, which limits his ability to capitalize on his strength. Has issues with his footwork in anything other than a traditional blocking look. Can tell he was not the beneficiary of great coaching. Transition from OT in a spread offense will be a big hurdle to OG in an NFL-style offense. Back injury in 2013 will be a red flag for many.
The Fit: The Chiefs made some big OL changes again this offseason by letting Jeff Allen leave in Free Agency and cutting Ben Grubbs. Retaining Jah Reid and signing Mitchell Schwartz essentially sets the right side of the line. With Eric Fisher and Mitch Morse still in the fold, that leaves only the left guard position in question. Obviously Larry Tardif, Zach Fulton, and Paul Fanaika will all get their shots, but the Chiefs need to continue to invest in young linemen who can take a position and make it theirs.
Drango was one of the top performing OTs in college football, but will likely be transitioning to OG in the NFL. That will take a little time, but he should be able to get in the mix early in KC and compete in his rookie season. If nothing else, this helps the Chiefs trim some of the fat from their OL group.
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