On the Friday edition of the Arrowhead Pride Laboratory, we dissected Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach’s comments about the offseason and upcoming draft class to create a 2021 mock draft.
Here’s what we came up with:
31. OT Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
Veach: "We joke about it every year. Wow there's so many lineman but when you pick 31, 32 every year, by the time you get to 2.31 they're all gone."— Kent Swanson (@kent_swanson) March 2, 2021
The comment from Veach in his press conferences was later repeated almost verbatim by him on “Fescoe in the Morning” on 610 Sports Radio the next day. That sounds like a man who doesn’t think he can wait to address the offensive line.
If the tackles are flying off the board, Liam Eichenberg is a fine consolation prize. He doesn’t possess an immense ceiling athletically or developmentally, but he’s probably the most NFL-ready tackle entering the draft. If you believe the aggressive timeline on Eric Fisher’s return from an Achilles injury, this is merely giving Eichenberg a year to develop. If you believe Veach started to hedge toward the end of the conversation, the Notre Dame prospect can step in and force a returning Fisher to supplant him from the starting lineup. If he plays well, he’s the present and future at the position.
63. TE Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame
Back-to-back Fighting Irish? We’re going to make a very niche subset of Chiefs fans in Northern Indiana very happy. Veach mentioned getting a tight end behind Travis Kelce — and with the Thursday retirement of fullback Anthony Sherman, the Chiefs should look at Tommy Tremble to help solve multiple problems. Tremble is a young, promising athlete with upside to develop at tight end. He didn’t see many targets at Notre Dame but showed natural hands, good linear speed and some promise snapping off routes. What is most intriguing about him is as a blocker. He can line up inline, in the backfield and deliver devastating blocks. He’s a versatile piece that should only get better — he will only be 20 years old on draft weekend.
94. IOL David Moore, Grambling State
Veach singled out the cornerback class multiple times — both in his presser and on 610 — as a strong position in this draft class through rounds one through four. If we’re taking that at face value, you could see the Chiefs perhaps try and identify a cornerback here. We see them addressing the interior of their offensive line with a potential long-term solution at center — David Moore from Grambling. Put the ball in his hands and his tape is just different — standing out at the Senior Bowl with an excellent performance.
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