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We continue our tradition of profiling an NFL Draft prospect every day in April, leading up to the NFL Draft on April 29th. Every day, you’ll get a prospect profile that includes how they would fit with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Kansas City Chiefs have a bold move to secure their left tackle for the 2021 season, surrendering their first pick in the draft and moving back into the second round — pick 58. The only concern remaining up front is the center position — which has a solution in Austin Blythe but could be easily upgraded.
An FCS offensive tackle could be just the guy for the job.
Dillon Radunz, offensive line
6’6” | 301 lbs | North Dakota State
Expected draft range: Day two
One-sentence bio: Senior Bowl participant and FCS national champion who started for the Bison for three seasons at left tackle.
One-sentence scouting report: Athletic, flexible offensive lineman with good movement skills, promise as a pass protector and dominant tape in the run game.
Dillon Radunz OT #75— Matt Lane (@ChiefinCarolina) August 24, 2020
++ Hip unlock to pull either direction
+ Patient in pass pro
+ Foot speed to mirror
++ Explodes off ball low
+ Rolls hips into contact
+ Creates SPACE on down blocks
- Tries to "catch" every rusher
- Inconsistent kick slide depth
Senior Bowl Top 250 pic.twitter.com/eGMh5pQnkq
How he fits in Kansas City: Radunz is one of a long list of prospects in this class who put out quality tape at tackle but doesn’t fit the arm length thresholds a lot of teams have. He might be yet another player who will be largely considered an interior offensive lineman with his 33 1/4” arms. Radunz played along the interior at the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl and looked excellent. Some believe his best position in the NFL will be center.
There are parallels to former Chiefs center Mitch Morse — an athletic former tackle that found a home in the middle of the offensive line. Radunz has the movement skills Morse did coming out of Missouri. Perhaps the Chiefs will see the same as well. Radunz is a smart, experienced prospect that comes from a winning program. He more than held his own at the Senior Bowl — getting better as the week progressed against the best talent he’d seen to that point in his career.
Radunz would be dropped into a perfect situation for him along the interior of the offensive line. He would have two quality, experienced, veteran guards to both his sides in Joe Thuney and one of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif or Kyle Long. That’s a great group to learn from and work with getting up to speed and on the same page. The Chiefs’ overhaul of the offensive line would be complete with Radunz — turning a pain point on the team last year into one of the strengths.
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