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6 Questions For Chiefs Draft Pick Jeff Allen

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Jeff Allen
NCAA Football: Illinois at Wisconsin
© Jeff Hanisch | 25 Oct 2008
Jeff Allen NCAA Football: Illinois at Wisconsin © Jeff Hanisch | 25 Oct 2008

We're moving on with our six questions for every Kansas City Chiefs 2012 NFL Draft pick. If you missed it yesterday, we asked six questions of Dontari Poe in Kansas City. Up today is second round pick Jeff Allen, offensive lineman out of Illinois.

The questions come via Michael Holley's "War Room".

Six questions for Jeff Allen after the jump....

What will this player's role be as a Chief?

Starting guard. His size -- 6'4", 307 pounds -- is borderline for the tackle position. He played tackle at Illinois but GM Scott Pioli indicated he was likely to be a guard in Kansas City. Plus, guard is where the Chiefs currently have a need. Allen can also provide depth at tackle depending on Branden Albert's future.

Will the role change from year one to year two?

Yes. He's expected to be provide depth in year one as Ryan Lilja will be the starting guard, and Allen will take over after that. It's possible that Lilja is cut this year and Allen is an immediate starter but past history suggests Allen will sit for a year before taking over the starting position. Jon Asamoah was drafted and sat for a year behind Brian Waters and Rodney Hudson was drafted and sat for a year behind Casey Wiegmann.

How many downs can he be expected to play?

Every down. Same as the rest of the linemen.

Which current player on the roster will he beat out?

Ryan Lilja. The question is whether it will be in year one or year two that Allen beats out Lilja, who is entering the final year of his contract.

What's his value on special teams?

None. Well, field goal unit.

Does he have positional versatility?

Yes. He's projected as a guard but he did play tackle at Illinois. He could play either position in a pinch.

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