The Kansas City Chiefs last week met with an intriguing 2014 NFL draft prospect from Vanderbilt. Tony Pauline reports the Chiefs were among a few teams to meet with offensive lineman Wesley Johnson after his pro day. After reading up on him a little bit, he seems like a very Chiefs-like pick.
On paper this guy's versatility reminds me a little of Billy Turner, the North Dakota State tackle / guard the Chiefs have been linked to in pre-draft rumors. Reid has shown he likes those players who can play multiple positions (as all coaches do).
Johnson is projected as a day three draft pick right now but you know how those projections go -- that could be too high or too low (or spot on). He's listed at 6'5 and was said to weigh 302 pounds at his pro day. He played tackle at Vanderbilt but has played all four positions on the line. Pauline reports that some schools project him to center, which is interesting. That seems fairly tall for a center but I remind you of another 6'5 center the Chiefs had recently in Rudy Niswanger.
The Chiefs were among the teams at this pro day recently. His head coach James Franklin said Johnson is the type of player who could play for 12 years. As NFL.com noted last November, he's played big time competition in his career.
Johnson didn't draw the first holding penalty of his career as a four-year starter until midway through his final season. He played one of his best games of the season in an upset win over Georgia, in which he earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors, was credited with 12 knockdown blocks, and helped spring two rushing touchdowns (video).
I do think the Chiefs will be looking at adding another offensive lineman or two in this draft. Jeff Linkenbach provides some depth but the Chiefs could use more. Having Donald Stephenson as a third tackle last season was such a nice thing to have that I'm really hoping the Chiefs find another one like him.