Butler, a massive human being, standing 6-foot-4 and 323 pounds, is a solid athlete and tenacious finisher. He can both hold the line inside, pushing the pocket, but he’s also blessed with the foot quickness and hands to allow him to line up off the
nose and get up the field and penetrate the pocket. He always gives consistent effort, and his versatility along the line would give the Chiefs a solid four man rotation along the line of large bodies. The Chiefs have spent time with Butler, something of note as teams generally will have spent time with a prospect during the draft process leading up to the draft.
A’Shawn Robinson, as a name, is more widely known as having come from Alabama and being a beast for the Crimson Tide allows you that notoriety. Whereas Butler is the athlete, Robinson is simply truly a beast. Prospects that will have their names called this draft and next were manhandle
d and simply owned by Robinson during games.
Standing 6-foot-4 and 307 pounds, Robinson is a physical beast. His ability to move lineman, at least at the college level, was something to see. However, Robinson is basically a pure push lineman. He’s very limited in pass moves in general but also doesn’t appear comfortable with counter moves. He’s very strong, very physical, but appears at this point to be a pure push lineman.
An interesting name to keep an eye on is Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch. While I don’t see how he fits, it’s intriguing that the Chiefs have worked him out on multiple occasions. He’s tall, has a nice arm, and would need at least a season or two of professional development before being asked, truly, to be the starter.
The Chiefs are in a position to offer just that. Lynch doesn’t strike me however as a great fit for this offense, so it’s curious, is this regime putting up a smoke screen in an effort to draw a trade offer, or are they truly interested in the signal caller? Only time will tell, but it is something to keep an eye on.
- Losing their third round selection is going to really haunt this organization. The strength of this draft really is in the second and third round, and not having that selection really is crushing.
- The Chiefs pass defense will need to be better as a whole, as it will be, especially at the start of the season, be impossible to be great individually. Losing Sean Smith is crushing and not having Justin Houston for at least the start of the season is a huge blow.
- Much will be asked of Marcus Peters this year. After having one of the greatest seasons for a corner in franchise history, will be rather difficult for him to be better.
- How well Chris Conley develops and what shape Jamal Charles is in returning from injury will have a big impact on the offense. Streater isn’t the answer and if Charles isn’t back from his second injury, could really have an impact on the offense.
- Dee Ford has to appear and make plays, especially when the offense tries to block him. San Diego took the approach of simply not blocking him, and he did okay. Outside of that, he was again a non-factor this past season. If he can’t really turn a corner, may be time to put up the white flag on him.