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2012 NFL Draft: Chiefs Visiting With An Offensive Tackle

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Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; California Bears offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; California Bears offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

A few months ago, Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli indicated the offensive line will be one of the priorities this offseason. And so the Chiefs visited with offensive linemen in free agency, ultimately signing OT Eric Winston. But they also reportedly had a visit scheduled with then-free agent OT Geoff Schwartz before he signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

So it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that the Chiefs are actually interested in Schwartz's younger brother, Mitchell, who was a four-year starter for Cal at offensive tackle. Aaron Wilson of Scout.com reports Mitchell Schwartz has a visit set up with the Chiefs, along with the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons. He's projected as a second or third round pick. Mitchell is listed at 6'6" and 318 pounds. He has experience at both left and right tackle.

The Chiefs use all kinds of ways to get information on players -- Carl the Janitor anyone? -- so it wouldn't surprise me at all if part of the motivation for looking at the elder Schwartz was because there's some interest in the younger Schwartz.

Schwartz has some impressive accolades but probably makes less sense after the signing of Eric Winston.