And we've got yet another interesting scenario in the NFL Draft. This one involves offensive tackles -- but not at the 5th pick.
BBS from SB Nation's Mocking The Draft (and Stampede Blue) is in New York and had a chance to sit down with NFL Network's Mike Mayock. If you're a reader, then you probably know I think Mayock is probably the best draft analyst out there.
In the interview, he talked about the 2008 run on tackles. Eight total offensive tackles went in the first round.
A "run" is when teams might reach a little bit on a player because the talent level after that drops off dramatically.
What happens is there's a separation, there's five or six guys and, after that, there's Vladimir Ducasse from Umass and Jared Veldheer from Hillsdale, who were both from small schools. And then, another drop-off. So, if you're in the market for a tackle, you better go get one of those guys.
In the 2010 draft, Mayock says there is a possibility of another run on offensive tackles leading up to the second round. First there's the big four (Okung, Williams, Bulaga, Davis) who will all go in the first round.
Then there's Bruce Campbell, Roger Saffold and Charles Brown -- all players who could benefit from a run on tackles. After those guys, the talent level drops off so Mayock suggests there could be a little run there at the end of the first round.
This means, in theory, the Chiefs would be getting a lesser tackle with the 36th pick.
BBS asked Mayock what he thought ultimately the Chiefs would do.
I think if Kansas City got the left tackle they wanted, that would really help their entire offensive line. They could kick Brandon 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. But, if they could move down and take care of a couple things, sure. I think they'd be open for business.