More offensive line depth for the Kansas City Chiefs. GM Scott Pioli made the 74th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft and it was Oklahoma OT Donald Stephenson.
This pick pretty much confirms for me that this is the year of the offensive line. The Chiefs added a starter in Eric Winston through free agency and then another potential starter/role player in Jeff Allen with the Chiefs second round pick. Stephenson is yet another offensive lineman for the Chiefs this offseason.
Stephenson is an extremely interesting pick because I don't quite know what it means.
Branden Albert is heading into the final year of his contract so it makes you wonder what the Chiefs think of Stephenson. Is he a future starter at left tackle? Is this a depth-only move?
What this pick does is give the Chiefs even more options moving forward. If Stephenson is a legit third round prospect who is ready to contribute quickly then the Chiefs may not have as much pressure to re-sign Albert. Or maybe the Chiefs view him as a swing tackle only.
I'm looking forward to the discussions that will come out of this pick from Pioli and Romeo Crennel. At worst, the Chiefs have legit depth at offensive tackle, which we couldn't say back in January when it was Albert and nobody else (sorry, David Mims).