Coffee with the Chiefs – Concerns at guard?


Good morning, Addicts! I hope you are soaking up some sun wherever you are, exjoying a nice day off sipping on a beverage or two with friends and family. The Kansas City Chiefs are certainly not doing that, with rookie minicamp underway.

It’s always fun to see the young guys competing on the field, hoping to secure a position at training camp. While we often overlook the undrafted free agents, they are critical to a team’s success. In fact, 29 percent of the NFL’s rosters in 2015 were made up of these players. No small number.

Here is the news you have to know…

Football Outsiders has different view of Chiefs’ biggest weaknessAdam Teicher of ESPN

"Another factor in the Chiefs’ favor at guard: Only Reid, at 27, is older than 25. So presumably the others will be improving and that’s particularly true for Duvernay-Tardif. He played college football in Canada, and the Chiefs knew when they drafted him he would take some time to develop."

Is Parker Ehinger the future for Kansas City at guard? Well…Seth Keysor of Arrowhead Pride

"Generally, I start off with a player’s strengths. To start off, Ehinger appears to have very heavy hands. He’s able to jar opposing defenders with his punch and often bench presses defensive linemen off his body. He’s often able to gain the upper hand early in trench battles by standing up defenders attempting to get inside his pads. It’s a major advantage and one Ehinger uses quite well."

No sure thing all draft picks make Chiefs’ rosterJoel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride

"Sixth round picks are no lock to make it. The Chiefs cut a sixth round fullback before the season started a couple years ago. DJ White was third round value in the sixth according to one analyst so that’s a positive. Dadi Nicolas needs work but he’s a pass rusher and the Chiefs need some depth at pass rusher."