While they waited until the third round to do so, the Chiefs might have struck gold in consecutive drafts at the exact same position in the exact same round.
Last year, the Chiefs were thrilled to add Lucas Niang from TCU to the offensive line only to see him opt out for the 2020 season. With this draft class, the Chiefs will be able to partner Niang over the long-term with Walker Little from Stanford as the team’s new bookends after pushing both Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz out the door before free agency began.
Little is available this late in the draft because his last name is how much anyone has seen him play in the last two seasons. He lost his entire 2019 season to a knee injury, and he opted out of the 2020 campaign. That means every team is relying on his pro day and two-year old tape in order to see what he can do. That’s a big gamble in the earlier rounds of the draft, but for a player who was considered a franchise tackle in the making, the bottom of the third round makes Little a very nice find for the Chiefs.
Little is a massive prospect at 6’7, 310 pounds who was well-coached at Stanford. His God-given skill set-a rare blend of size and athleticism—and intelligence make him a rare prospect here who could make it seem silly that he was taken so late. The Chiefs would be silly to rely on him out of the gate, but the long-term potential is there to be Eric Fisher’s replacement.