Entering this offseason, it looked like the KC Chiefs right guard competition would come down to Rishaw Johnson and Rok Watkins. The Chiefs drafted another guard, Zach Fulton, in May. But Fulton was a sixth round pick so I didn't think he would be an early contender in the right guard job. As usual, I was wrong.
Reporters on the scene Saturday said that the Chiefs gave Fulton more of the first team reps. Speaking after practice, Andy Reid acknowledged that Fulton is doing better than they thought.
"Well we gave him a few more reps in there today," Reid said Saturday, via the Chiefs. "He's played solid football, that's what he's done. He's a good football player. He's showed us that, probably a little better than we anticipated when we picked him. He's come in very intelligent and tough."
This is certainly good draft news. It also shows how odd the draft can be. Last year, the Chiefs cut a sixth round pick (Braden Wilson) out of training camp; this year their sixth round pick is the early leader to be a starter.
Whoever doesn't win the job still has a good shot making the team as a reserve guard. On my 53-man roster, I have both Fulton and Johnson on the roster. It's also interesting to note that the Chiefs are giving Jeff Allen some work at tackle. That opens up the possibility of Allen operating as a third or fourth tackle and Fulton or Johnson replacing him at guard. Interesting stuff.