To pass the time during the offseason, the folks over at ESPN.com have been going position-by-position around the division. Their latest effort is the offensive line, with the Chiefs placing four players in the top twelve.
8. Branden Albert, Kansas City, T: Albert is a work in progress. But he is a talented player. The Chiefs clearly think he can be the answer at left tackle or they would have taken Russell Okung instead of safety Eric Berry at No. 5 last month.
10. Casey Wiegmann, Kansas City, C: Wiegmann may be aging, but expect him to help toughen the Chiefs’ offensive line with his return in 2010.
11. Brian Waters, Kansas City, G: Still, a very formidable player. Waters is a pro’s pro. He’s very steady. He’ll be a big reason why the Chiefs will run the ball well this season.
12. Ryan Lilja, Kansas City, G: He is another reason why Kansas City will be much better on the offensive line. He’s a rugged player.
Some curious choices here. Even with the recent struggles of the Chiefs and Raiders, they couldn’t put anyone in the top 7?
I love what Wiegmann brings to the table and if he’s healthy I think he will end up starting for the Chiefs in 2010, but it’s hard having him on this list with Rudy Niswanger currently getting more snaps ahead of him. At the very least you have to put Waters and Lilja — proven, current starters — before Wiegmann.