If the Kansas City Chiefs decide to address the offensive line with their first round pick, they won’t have any shortage of tackles to choose from, even as far down as No. 21. Just in case they have designs of moving up in the round, NFP reports the Chiefs have scheduled a visit with USC OT Tyron Smith.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder is projected to go as high as the top 10 selections.
Smith gained weight by improving his nutrition.
“Basically, I stared eating right,” Smith said during the combine. “I stopped eating junk food. I ate right three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner and little snacks in between. I surprised myself when I hit the 300 mark. I surprised myself when I weighed 307.”
“A high-effort guy with speed and power both,” Smith said when asked what kind of player the team that drafts him will be getting.
As far as offensive tackles go, there are at least five that I would be comfortable with the Chiefs taking in the first round: Smith, Gabe Carimi, Nate Solder, Anthony Castonzo and Derek Sherrod. Judging by reports around the league, Scott Pioli is going to have to trade up if he wants a shot at Smith, but could have a shot to get at least one of the other four if he sits tight.
Other than Smith seemingly happy to immerse himself in new diet programs — music to Todd Haley’s ears — it’s important to remember that he will not be 21 until December. Currently the Chiefs do not have anyone younger than 22 and this kid won’t be able to drunk until his rookie season is nearly over. Sure, he’s be raw but I’m sure Bill Muir would do backflips if he was given the chance to shape the young tackle.
This year’s first round could also end up being completely off the wall with the expected introduction of a rookie wage scale. A guy like Smith wouldn’t be pushed down the board too much, but the rest of the tackles could fall a bit if teams are more willing to address guard and center in the first round.
No matter where the Chiefs end up drafting in the first round, tackle should be at the top of Pioli and Haley’s wish list.