How does Ruiz fit with the Kansas City Chiefs?
Kansas City did a good job of adjusting when Mitch Morse sustained injuries during his time with the Chiefs. Unfortunately, a full season without him showed some struggles. Not having Morse in the lineup hampered Andy Reid‘s playcalling without an athletic center that could get out into space. The offensive line struggled to get push in the running attack in 2019 as well.
Cesar Ruiz would be a significant upgrade for Kansas City, whether at guard or center. Ruiz brings the athletic traits and intelligence to thrive in Reid’s offense. The Chiefs want to run more outside zone concepts, but without the personnel along the interior to execute, the run game suffered last season.
Ruiz has the experience, leadership, athletic ability, and competitive mindset that make him an immediate upgrade. Showing improvement each year in college, Ruiz has the potential to be one of the best centers in the league early in his career. Entering the league at 20-years-old, he will begin his NFL career without any apparent weaknesses in his game.
The Chiefs have a history of high-end center production, and Ruiz could be the next great center for Kansas City. Improving the offensive line is crucial for the Chiefs to protect their star quarterback that will be commanding a massive contract coming up. If Ruiz falls to the end of the first round, Veach could be looking at a prospect that brings immediate impact in an offseason that is limited to integrate new players.