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Chiefs have shown interest in day-three interior offensive lineman

Brett Veach and his team are doing their due diligence on a developmental prospect along the interior of the offensive line.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have shown interest in Merrimack left guard Sam Cooper, according to Justin Melo of The Draft Network.

The Cleveland Browns have spoken to Cooper “a bunch,” also according to Melo, with the Miami Dolphins also showing interest.

The 6-foot-2, 308-pound Cooper attended Maine from 2015-17, transferring to Merrimack after just four appearances. Merrimack is a small private school located in North Andover, Massachusetts. It’s an FCS program that moved up from Division II for the 2019 season, his final year of college football.

Cooper earned six starts for Merrimack in 2018 before starting 10 games in 2019 at the left guard position. He was named a team captain ahead of the 2019 season. Merrimack’s 2020 season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Cooper earned reportedly received invites to the East-West Shrine Bowl, Hula Bowl, Tropical Bowl and NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

At his pro day, Cooper ran the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds, had a 1.69-second 10-yard split and 35 bench-press reps, so the athleticism is no doubt there.

The Chiefs, of course, have plenty of potential starting guards to work with ahead of the 2021 season — including their clear-cut left guard of the future in free-agent signee Joe Thuney.

The area of concern for fans has more so understandably been the tackle position. But Cooper would likely go late on day three or be signed as an undrafted free agent, so this is probably due diligence by general manager Brett Veach and his team on a developmental prospect for offensive line coach Andy Heck.

However, with it now being publicly known there are many teams interested, a sixth- or seventh-rounder may be required to lock up his services.

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