With free company scheduled to formally open on March 17, it’s time to take a more in-depth have a look at positions of want on the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. I’ve seemed on the offensive tackles, defensive ends, vast receivers, facilities and cornerbacks. On this article, I’ll study the guard place.
Earlier than opting out of the 2020 NFL season to assist Canada within the COVID-19 reduction effort, Duvernay-Tardif had 3,895 profession snaps in 5 seasons — all at proper guard. He’s missed chunks of a number of seasons with damage, however he’s been as fixed as any guard within the Andy Reid period. It’s the rationale the crew signed him to a prolonged contract extension early in his profession.
That deal was once labeled an overpayment — however now it’s a price. He’ll have the Twenty first-highest cap hit of all NFL guards in 2021. He’s had an up-and-down profession, however he’s nonetheless a succesful, clever starter that understands coach Reid’s offense very nicely. If he’s motivated, a yr of relaxation could possibly be simply what the physician ordered for an oft-injured participant at age 31 by subsequent season.
He needs to be trusted to start out at proper guard for Week 1, however they need to nonetheless make him earn the job towards the worthwhile competitors.
My opinion: Create a official competitors for the beginning proper guard place.
I’ve touched on Allegretti as a middle possibility — however his actual NFL expertise has come because the Chiefs’ left guard. He performed two snaps at proper guard his rookie season, and 895 snaps at left guard this final season. After getting into the fold in Week 6, Allegretti held down that spot via Tremendous Bowl LV. Based on PFF, he allowed a sack in his debut sport — then didn’t once more for the remainder of the yr.
Sadly, he nonetheless allowed seven pressures within the Tremendous Bowl — a career-high, per PFF. He’s been precisely what the Chiefs have sometimes gotten from their left guard spot: a strong, sturdy blocker with some streaks of fine play. Allegretti’s youth provides him the potential to develop right into a official starter, however he was chosen within the seventh spherical for a motive.
He ought to clearly have the prospect to defend his beginning function at left guard, however the Chiefs can not lock him in and name it good. An improve can completely be made.
My opinion: Create a official competitors for the beginning left guard place.
A singular reserve/futures deal was handed out to veteran Bryan Witzmann — who has 936 snaps at left guard and 533 snaps at proper guard in his 4 seasons of NFL play. He began 13 video games for the Chiefs at left guard in 2017, then seven begins on the best for the Chicago Bears the subsequent season. This previous yr, he spent his time going forwards and backwards from the Chiefs’ follow squad to the lively roster — however by no means appeared in a sport.
It’s exhausting to see the 31-year-old Witzmann even making it to coaching camp. He was a smart, veteran depth possibility because the Chiefs’ line was banged up in the direction of the top of 2020, however they’ll have sufficient reinforcements to make Witzmann expendable.
My opinion: Minimize.
Martinas Rankin and/or Yasir Durant
The Chiefs need each of those gamers as tackles, however they each have crammed in at guard for Kansas Metropolis of their younger careers. Rankin took 271 snaps at left guard whereas beginning 5 video games in the midst of the Chiefs’ 2019 season. He additionally took 110 whole snaps at left guard his rookie season in Houston.
The 2020 rookie Durant received two snaps at proper guard in an early-season sport, then took all 53 offensive snaps at proper guard in Week 17.
It’s good to know these gamers may also help at guard, however they need to proceed to be developed as tackles primarily.
My opinion: Develop as offensive tackles primarily.
Who they may signal
It is sensible for the Chiefs to tender restricted free agent Andrew Wylie and have him compete for each guard positions. I’d be in favor of re-signing Kelechi Osemele as nicely.
Who they may draft
A number of the middle choices I wrote about could possibly be drafted as guards as nicely. Within the first spherical, USC’s Alijah Verah-Tucker is a dream — however would have to be picked a lot sooner than 31. Ohio State’s Wyatt Davis could possibly be thought-about in that vary for Kansas Metropolis’s first choose too.
Choices for the Chiefs to draft later embrace Grambling’s David Moore, South Carolina’s Sadarius Hutcherson, Texas Tech’s Jack Anderson or Pittsburgh’s Bryce Hargrove.
What is going to occur at offensive guard for the Chiefs in 2021?
Nick Allegretti at OG, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif received’t begin
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif at OG, Allegretti received’t begin
Allegretti will begin at LG, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif at RG
Neither participant will begin alongside the offensive line
Allegretti at C, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif at OG
None of those eventualities match what I feel will occur
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