A few days ago, I wrote an article about the players the KC Chiefs should look at in the first few rounds of the draft. Now I'm going to look at some players the Chiefs should target in the last half of the draft.
Even though offensive linemen should be a priority in this draft, I left them out in my list to target in the first three rounds of the draft.
I feel this can be a very high impact draft. By this, I mean players of high impact positions are plentiful this year. Because of this, NT, WR, and TE were the targeted positions in rounds one through three.
Additionally, unless drafting a franchise left tackle, the value is not there for drafting any other position on the offensive line that high in the draft. Most starting interior linemen in the NFL weren't picked in rounds one and two, rather, they were drafted in the mid rounds or free agents. Same goes for most right tackles in the league.
Scott is the kind of player I love on the offensive line. First, he is massive—6'5" and 346 lbs. Second, he plays with a nasty streak. National Football Post's college scout Wes Bunting says he has a "nasty punch on contact" and "he fights and scraps for every inch and usually gets his man on the ground."
The right tackle I want on my team is exactly that—he should be a road-grader who packs a punch and can push the pile in the running game. He obviously cannot be a liability in the passing game, but should be more suited for the run.
From what I've read, Scott will need minor work with his hand placement, but when he does get good hand placement he doesn't let go, and usually wins the battle.
Scott is continuing to improve after starting 26 straight games so far, and head coach Lane Kiffen called him the most improved player this spring.
Scott can expect to be drafted between rounds three and five.
Damion McIntosh clearly is not even an average starting right tackle in the NFL, and is more suited for back-up duty. With that being said, starting in the third round, the Chiefs need to start looking for a quality RT, and Scott is just the guy we're looking for.
Another lineman that plays with a mean streak, this Baylor center learned a lot from No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith over the past few years. He was selected for honorable mention All-Big 12 last year, and is on the Rimmington Award preseason Watch List.
At 6'3" and 305 lbs., he is the prototypical height and weight for an NFL center, and while strong enough to hold his own at the point of attack, isn't so strong that he can overwhelm the big 3-4 nose tackles by himself. This isn't that big of a problem, as most NFL centers can't manhandle good 3-4NTs.
Walton has good hand placement in pass protection and can both mirror defensive linemen, and withstand a bull rush.
As a fairly athletic center, he is able to chip at the line and move up to latch onto a linebacker on run plays.
The Chiefs haven't had a good center since Casey Wiegmann, and haven't had a great one for even longer. Niswanger may be the future at the position, but he hasn't shown signs of it yet.
With another year of playing center under Niswanger's belt, the coaching staff will be able to fully evaluate him and decide whether we need to draft one this upcoming April. If they decide we need to, this is our guy.
While Ihenacho is not the most highly touted prospect from San Jose State this year, fellow defensive end Justin Cole is, I think he has the chance to wind up the best after he has a few years to develop in the league.
At only 6'3" and 248lbs., he is too light to play defensive end in the NFL, and is a perfect candidate to make the switch to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He's quick, has decent enough strait-line speed (will run around the 4.6-4.7 range) and just simply is a gifted pass rusher. Last year he had 18.5 tackles for loss on top of seven sacks.
Remember what made the defensive end from Penn State, Aaron Maybin, such an intriguing prospect? It was his killer first step. Ihenacho has the same gift, and is very adept at timing the snap count, which only aids his quick first movements.
The second thing that makes him such a good pass rusher, other than his first step, is his short area change of direction skills. He can deke and fake and dip under the offensive lineman to get around the corner.
The Chiefs currently have nobody who can rush the passer like this guy can. We will see what Tamba Hali can do this upcoming season, but Mike Vrabel will need a replacement soon anyway, and we might as well start grooming one now.
Not sure exactly when Ihenacho will be available, it will greatly depend on how he does this year, but look for him teams to start looking at him around the fourth round.