Offensive tackle Roderick Johnson is a young, experienced player at an underrated position of need for Kansas City.
Johnson entered the NFL with the Cleveland Browns selecting him 160th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Browns waived him in 2019, and the Houston Texans claimed Johnson from said waivers. He bounced between the active roster and practice squad for a time. Ultimately, Johnson was active for16 games in 2019. He started three games, two at right tackle and one at left tackle. A swing tackle has special value in the NFL and one that Houston missed after releasing the veteran in 2021.
Johnson is still a relatively young player at only 26 years old. he does not have a high ceiling but does bring some stability to either tackle position. After the injuries that befell Chiefs tackles the previous two seasons, a dependable backup is worth his weight in gold.
Johnson is far from a dominant blocker but has significant starting experience and a run-blocking pedigree. Incumbent starting right tackle Lucas Niang is out of commission for an undisclosed amount of time with his injury. That starting job is up for grasp, and Johnson should be a part of the competition. He would not be the optimal option but would be a cheap and dependable short-term option.