31. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State
Kansas City’s need for an offensive lineman was clearly evident in Super Bowl LV when the Chiefs fell 31-9 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Well, the Chiefs have recently released tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher. Both dealt with injuries and it is unknown if they will return to their previous form before they went down. Both were also major contributors to Kansas City’s run the last few years, and now the Chiefs will rebuild the offensive line.
The Chiefs would be ecstatic if offensive tackle Teven Jenkins was available at this pick. He would be the perfect fit for Kansas City. According to Pro Football Focus, Jenkins allowed only four pressures last season on 211 pass-blocking snaps, and he could slide into a starting role opposite Lucas Niang, who was drafted last year in the third round.
Patrick Mahomes helped the Chiefs out by converting $21 million of his roster bonus into his signing bonus, freeing up $17 million in cap space. It will be interesting to see if Kansas City addresses some of the offensive line through free agency, but drafting an offensive lineman is vital.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DT Levi Onwuzurike, Washington
The Buccaneers used defense to dismantle Kansas City’s offense in Super Bowl LV, and Tampa Bay here continues to build the defense through the draft. It is unknown if the Buccaneers will keep Ndamukong Suh because of the other free agents that they may want to retain. Levi Onwuzurike is the perfect fit for Tampa Bay, as he has above-average athleticism and fits Tampa Bay’s defensive scheme. Onwuzurike will step into a defense where he does not need to have an immediate impact, and he will improve as the season progresses. The pieces around him will allow him to exploit his matchup consistently. Tampa Bay should be the favorites entering the 2021 NFL season.