Third Straight Year Of 'Let's Move Branden Albert And Draft A Tackle'

CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Running back Thomas Jones #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs gets a block from Tim Castille #46 and Branden Albert #76 against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

If you've seen me or someone else writing a story during the run up to the 2011 NFL draft suggesting the Kansas City Chiefs draft an offensive tackle then it's probably a familiar story. That's because it seems every year we talk about the Chiefs replacing LT Branden Albert and moving him to guard or right tackle. 

To prove this, I went back into our archives and checked out a few stories we had during draft week that advocate the Chiefs drafting an offensive tackle.

The first one is from April 21, 2009.

"It's time to get back to that style of play.  Jason Smith should be the favorite and he can be a dominant left tackle," former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden told me in a conference call with the NFL Networktoday.

I've been advocating drafting left tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs for a little while now.  Moving Branden Albert to right tackle, selecting Smith with the third overall pick and establishing book end tackles will go a long way to improving the Chiefs' longevity on offense.

The second one is Mike Mayock from April 21, 2010.

I think if Kansas City got the left tackle they wanted, that would really help their entire offensive line. They could kick Branden Albert over to guard or right tackle. Kick Brian Water into center. I think they are a better team with a new left tackle, offensively.    

And to complete the trifecta, I wrote a story on April 21 of this year looking at the Chiefs offensive tackle options.

So an offensive tackle for the Chiefs? 

We've heard that before. 

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