Chiefs targets in first round of 2016 NFL Draft

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Cody Whitehair. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports
Cody Whitehair. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports /


The two guard spots are one of the few positions on the Chiefs roster that lacks clarity atop the depth chart. We can assume that the signing of Mitchell Schwartz allows Jah Reid to consistently play right guard where he excelled at towards the end of the season, but even that scenario leaves a hole at the other spot.

Zach Fulton is much more suited for the center position, LDT was consistently the weak link when starting, and the rest are all unproven. Considering all this, here’s a guy the Chiefs will be looking at to solidify one of the guard spots.

Cody Whitehair – Kansas State – 6’4″, 301 lbs

Whitehair possesses the two biggest things that the Chiefs seem to look for in their offensive linemen; versatility and athleticism. At Kansas State, Whitehair played all over the line from right tackle, to guard, to left tackle, and excelled at every single one. His lack of arm length is why he’s best suited for an interior offensive line position in the NFL, but his overall combination of strength, movement skills, and intelligence makes him a very intriguing prospect.

The duo of Whitehair and Mitch Morse would be able to some entertaining things on pulls and screens in Andy Reid’s west coast offense. Some would probably call this selection a ‘boring’ pick, but to me there’s nothing boring about solidifying a positional need and immediately improving the offense.

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