After the Kansas City Chiefs signed WR Jeremy Maclin in free agency, center became one of the Chiefs biggest needs on the team. Only Eric Kush is on the roster as we get closer to the start of the offseason program which has led us to talking about where the Chiefs could get some competition for Kush.
We have talked about the Chiefs taking a center in the draft but that's often focused in the mid rounds or the later rounds. What about the Chiefs taking a center, such as Florida State's Cameron Erving, in the first round? Is No. 18 too high for a lineman, even if he is one of the best linemen in the draft? CBS Sports' Rob Rang doesn't think so as he has the Chiefs taking Erving in his latest mock draft.
It isn't difficult to imagine Kansas City adding to their receivers or secondary here, but don't be surprised if former O-line coach Andy Reid pulls for Erving, considered the most versatile blocker in the draft. The former defensive lineman was voted the ACC's top blocker at left tackle in 2013 and again in 2014 after a seamless midseason switch to center.
If the Chiefs want to fix center, Erving is the guy, He would be an immediate starter on the offensive line. In addition, his experience playing other positions fits into the type of player the Chiefs like to have on the offensive line. There are reasons this makes sense.
The downside is that you can usually get good centers in the mid to later rounds of the draft. Is taking a center at No. 18 the best value on the board? That's where you get some of the disagreement.
So let's put this to a vote. Is No. 18 too early for a center?