2nd Round (#61)
Landon Turner – OG – North Carolina
Strengths: Powerful with a large frame. Strong lower body that allows him to move defenders off their marks. Strong anchor and a wide base to hold his ground against the pass rush. Excellent punch to keep his opponent off balance.
Long arms that maximize his size to multiple pass rush lanes. Plays with excellent leverage and balance that puts him in position to finish blocks. Has a nasty streak to him and will play through the whistle. Looks to bury every opponent in the dirt.
Weaknesses: Not as strong a blocker in space as he is in the phone booth. Can struggle getting to the second level before the ball carrier. Allows defenders to come into his body, trusting his size to win the battle instead of technique. Will get over-aggressive when going after a defender, which can end up with him on the ground. Lacks the athleticism to be a consistent pulling guard.
The Fit: The Chiefs are still a running team, and Landon Turner is a running team’s wet dream at guard. An absolute mauler who was credited by his coaches with at least three games this past season where he turned in double digit pancakes. The question here will be scheme fit though. Turner’s skill set isn’t best suited for the LG spot, but that’s where the Chiefs will need him.
He’ll need to work on his ability in space and as a pulling guard, but that’s what we have coaches for. However, even in the worst case, Turner looks to be an absolute monster in the phone booth and should have no problem driving defenders off the ball to open holes for the Chiefs cavalcade of running backs.
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