Leading up to the NFL Draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper both projected that the Kansas City Chiefs would select an offensive lineman in the first round. Now that the Chiefs have taken WR Jonathan Baldwin — after a trade back — both draftniks have mocked the second round and are back to projecting offensive line help to Kansas City.
Clint Boling, OG, Georgia
Orlando Franklin, G, Miami (FL)
Added protection for Matt Cassel and a good run blocker as Scott Pioli builds his lines.
Boling is a name that could very much be in play at 55. Short of an arrest for DUI three years ago, he fits everything the Chiefs seem to look for in a player. He was a captain for Georgia in the SEC, played both tackle (left/right) and guard and was recognized by the team for strength and conditioning.
While he should end up at guard, Boling could get a look at right tackle right away.
Not the first time that Kiper has put Franklin and the Chiefs together. I like Franklin as a prospect, especially after reading about him playing all of last year with torn meniscus in his knee. Beyond that toughness, not sure that he would fit on the offensive line for Bill Muir and Todd Haley, though you have to love his ability to — like Boling — play both guard and tackle.