Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid recently pointed out the reliability of new RT Mitch Schwartz and the fact that he has never missed a snap in the league. Then I bet Andy Reid would love Missouri o-lineman Evan Boehm, who has made 52 starts in a row for Mizzou.
I mention Boehm because it's being reported from Mizzou's pro day in Columbia - where a Chiefs scout is present, by the way - that the Chiefs will be meeting with Boehm on April 8. This according to Pete Scantlebury of PowerMizzou.com. That's right around the time of the Chiefs local pro day so that's what this could be or it's an official visit.
Boehm's name should be familiar as he went to school down the road and played with 2015 Chiefs second round pick Mitch Morse. The Chiefs also met with Boehm at the NFL Combine. NFL Draft Scout projects him in the fifth round but it's still early.
Boehm has some versatility to play on the inside with one year at guard and three years at center while at Mizzou. He is Mayock's No. 4 ranked center. The Chiefs probably have their center in Mitch Morse but he has position versatility like Boehm does. The Chiefs really do live up to the "play the best five" theme. I wouldn't put it past them to move anyone around to find the five best linemen.
We talked with Bill Connelly of SB Nation's Missouri blog, Rock M Nation, a few weeks ago about Boehm and what he can do in the league. Thanks to Bill for our Q&A below. (Seriously go check out Rock M Nation - it's one of our best blogs)
Does Boehm have the versatility that Morse had coming out of college?
Rock M Nation: Morse was pretty spectacular in that regard, and I don't think Boehm is THAT. But he did start at guard for his entire true freshman season before playing three years at center. I don't think you could move him outside, even in a pinch, but he's smart and very strong.
What does Boehm do very well?
Rock M Nation: He was regarded as a great leader and traffic director in the middle. He's got strength, technique, flexibility, and strong athleticism for an interior lineman. And he's got personality for days. Missouri's offensive line was dreadful in 2015, in part because Boehm was dealing with an ankle injury for much of the year, in part because Connor McGovern was forced to play tackle instead of his natural guard, and mostly because the other linemen just didn't appear up to the task. But I think Boehm's reputation for quality and consistency managed to prevail despite that.
What would you never ask Boehm to do?
Rock M Nation: Play tackle. Dance.
What range in the draft would you predict for Boehm?
Rock M Nation: I was assuming something in the Round 4-6 range, though I guess Missouri's 2015 line awfulness could bump him down vicariously. At the same time, he's going to ace any interview he's given, and he seemed to test well enough at the Combine. Just as the Chiefs found Morse and the Seahawks became enamored with Justin Britt, I guess the right team could fall for him and pick him in the third or so.
What would you believe would be his pro floor and ceiling?
Rock M Nation: The ceiling is easy: He finds the right team and starts at center - or, I guess, guard - for years and years. The floor is that his strengths just aren't quite strong enough in any one area, and he washes around the league for a bit without ever standing out. It's so hard to tell with linemen.