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Draft analysts all over the major media outlets are projecting the Chiefs drafting an interior offensive lineman early. Most Chiefs fans would prefer to go a different way with their early picks, so let’s look at a player that could fill that role a little later in the draft.
Michael Deiter, offensive lineman
6’5” | 309lbs | Wisconsin
Expected Draft Range: top 100
Combine: 5.23 second 40-yard dash, 21 bench press reps, 28” vertical jump, 105” broad jump, 4.81 second 20-yard shuttle, 7.88 second 3-cone drill
One-sentence bio: started a school-record 54 consecutive games — over 13 games each at left guard, center, and left tackle — was first-team All-Big Ten in 2017 and 2018 and Big Ten offensive lineman of the year in 2018.
One-sentence scouting report: athletic offensive lineman with a high football IQ that can play multiple positions on the line.
Wisconsin OL Michael Deiter (6'5", 309 pounds) is a mobile, versatile OL in Andy Reid's mold.— Craig Stout (@barleyhop) April 10, 2019
- Fantastic football IQ
- Started 13+ games each at LT, LG, and C
- Great pulling blocker and climbs to the second level early
He's a fun watch, lots of pancakes like the one here. pic.twitter.com/VWu5JOW30D
How he fits in KC: Deiter might be the walking embodiment of an Andy Reid offensive lineman. His ability to play multiple positions at a high level is something Reid covets, but his athleticism as a pulling blocker might make Reid fall in love.
Deiter shows special mobility in screens, with an ability to easily reach the boundary for a block ahead of the ball carrier. He climbs quickly to linebackers in zone blocking schemes and regularly blows the hole open for the running back. His football IQ shows up when picking up blitzes, stunts and twists. He’s not fooled very often by the games defensive coordinators will try to play up front.
Deiter does lack a little bit of anchor, with a thinner base showing up against some power rushers. Longer defenders on the interior gave him some fits due to his shorter arms, which will make his best fit on the interior rather than at tackle.
With some question marks at left guard and center going into 2019, Deiter could end up being a nice value piece in the third round on the interior and free the Chiefs up to pick some more pressing needs earlier in the draft.
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