The Chiefs have already begun to turn over the offensive tackle postiion. Could there be a changing of the guard as well?
The Kansas City Chiefs came into this offseason with the offensive line mostly intact. At least that was the common assertion after the last regime made the offensive front a point of emphasis. They grabbed Eric Winston with a major free agent deal just last offseason. The team already had Branden Albert as a fine bookend on the left side. The front office then invested early draft picks on Rodney Hudson, Jon Asamoah, Donald Stephenson and Jeff Allen in recent years to bolster the middle.
Now, however, that plan is in question. Winston is already gone. Besides Darrelle Revis, Albert is the most likely player to be traded before the upcoming NFL Draft. The tackle position has been made over despite the talent already present, which means that general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid have different needs from the men in the trenches than the previous regime. Could that spell changes at guard as well?
The Chiefs will visit with guard prospect Edmund Kugbila, according to Aaron Wilson. The Valdosta State product is projected as a third or fourth round pick by some and a late round prospect by others, which fits nicely within the Chiefs' second tier of selections. The Chiefs have their own pick at No. 63 overall at the top of the third round and will also pick at No. 93 with a compensatory pick for the loss of Brandon Carr last year.
Most NFL analysts have the Chiefs with needs to address at inside linebacker, safety, wide receiver and defensive line, assuming that the team lands one of the top flight offensive tackles in the first round. Yet the Chiefs could choose to overhaul the entire front line given that they clearly have a different plan in mind for what they want from their linemen. In addition, the Chiefs have already worked out Washburn's Steve Dieckhaus and met with Clemson center Dalton Freeman, among others we don't even know about.
It will be interesting to see just how far-reaching some of the changes will be along the Chiefs offensive line. Most fans were already surprised at the release of Winston and the potential trade news of Albert. Perhaps more change is coming up front.