Chiefs address offensive tackle early in latest 2-round projections from Draft Wire

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With just two weeks to go until the 2021 NFL draft, our friends at Draft Wire have released a brand new 2-round mock draft projection. This time Luke Easterling has the Chiefs taking an offensive tackle early on and adding some defensive help in the second round.

Here are some thoughts on the players sent to Kansas City:

Round 1, Pick 31: Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg

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The Chiefs address their tackle problems with their first-round pick, adding Eichenberg at pick No. 31. This is an interesting pick for Kansas City because Eichenberg is a bit of a polarizing prospect, just like many of the tackles in this class. While Eichenberg was a three-year starter at left tackle at Notre Dame, Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly seems to have reservations about his ability to play the position in the NFL because of his athletic limitations. Whether you trust Kelly's opinion or not, it certainly gives you pause when you're a team with a clear need on the left side. Eichenberg hasn't allowed a sack since early in the 2018 season when he was a true junior. So maybe in the NFL you start him out on the left side and go from there. One thing to really like about his potential fit with the Chiefs is that he's coming from an offense that sustained their pass blocks very well. His quarterback, Ian Book, had the longest time to throw in college football last season with a 3.22-second average according to Pro Football Focus.

Round 2, Pick 63: Missouri LB Nick Bolton

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For the second year in a row, the Chiefs will select a linebacker at pick No. 63, at least in this mock draft scenario. Last season they grabbed Willie Gay Jr., this year they grab a University of Missouri standout. Bolton is one of the linebackers to have met with the Chiefs virtually ahead of the draft, so there's certainly some interest here. There are some things to love about Bolton and some areas of concern. He had a productive 2020 season, notching 95 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery. He's known as a high-effort player with a quick trigger when he's playing downhill. He earned some nice coverage grades in each of the past two seasons for Missouri, which is an area that the Chiefs need to find improvement. Size is going to be a problem with Bolton, as he weighed in at just 5-11 and 237 pounds at the Mizzou pro day. He also ran a 4.6 40-yard dash and had some pretty average numbers in his explosive drills. That certainly didn't help him out a ton and could be a reason why he would be available this late in the second round. [listicle id=91065]

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