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Chiefs confirm signing of offensive tackle Justin Senior

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2017 sixth-round draft pick Justin Senior announced the sighing via his Instagram account.

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UPDATE: February 19, 11:40 a.m. Arrowhead Time

Chiefs confirm.


Justin Senior is a Kansas City Chief, per himself.

The 24-year-old offensive lineman announced the move on his Instagram account.

Senior, a Montreal native, played college football at Mississippi State, starting 38 games at right tackle from 2014-16. Senior was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 210th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He was also taken by the Edmonton Eskimos in the fifth round of the CFL Draft.

Counting starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the Chiefs now have two offensive linemen who hail from Montreal, Canada, on the roster. Add in Ryan Hunter, who is originally from Ontario, and that makes three offensive linemen on the Chiefs from north of the border.

Senior won the 2016 Kent Hull trophy as the state of Mississippi’s top offensive lineman. He was a three-time member of the SEC’s academic honor roll and was invited to the Senior Bowl following his final season in Starkville.

Senior played two college seasons (2014-15) with defensive lineman Chris Jones while also protecting eventual Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who threw for more than 3,400 yards and ran for more than 950 yards in 2014.

Rotoworld had these notes on Senior back in 2017:

While Senior looks the part with 34-inch arms and big hands (10 ¼), PFF College charted him with eight sacks allowed over the past three seasons. After struggling at January’s Senior Bowl, Senior’s poor athleticism was exposed in Indy with fourth-percentile SPARQ results. A clear liability in pass protection, Senior may have to learn to play guard to carve out a substantive NFL career. He’s going to struggle mightily against outside rushers.

Senior was waived off of injured reserve (knee) back in December of 2017 and presumably spent 2018 without a team getting healthy.

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach must see some upside in Senior, and he will now get an opportunity to work with Andy Heck, the Chiefs OL coach who has made starters out of rookies like Mitch Morse (2015) and developed Duvernay-Tardif into a viable starter.