Chiefs Looking For a New LT | 2010 NFL Draft Projections
The Kansas City Chiefs thought they had their problems solved at left tackle when they drafted Branden Albert in the 2008 NFL draft. Coming into preseason last year, Albert showed his commitment to his new head coach when dropped his playing weight down to 305 from 341.
This mark of maturity seemed to make Albert a favorite to be one of the more improved players on the Chiefs team in 2009 but that wasn’t the case. Albert struggled at times in pass protection and was often victimized by penalties. By the end of the year head coach Todd Haley even admitted that the weight Albert lost in the offseason probably helped his lack of improvement.
Because of these struggles, the team is reportedly moving Albert over to right tackle where Ryan O’Callaghan was dreadful in both pass and run protection. With this move, the Chiefs are now set to draft one of the talented tackles that are set to be drafted in the first ten picks.
Kansas City has the fifth overall pick in the draft, and it is reasonable to believe that they could obtain the first tackle taken in the draft. With that selection, the Chiefs should be looking at Oklahoma State product Russell Okung.
Okung is regarded as the best tackles to come in and play right away in the NFL. While there are a decent amount of tackles in this years’ draft most of them are best suited for right tackle. Okung is clearly gifted enough to start on the left side and play right away.
If Okung (or another lineman) can come in and produce right away, it should make this entire offense more valuable. Albert will be a clear up grade on the right side and this should set the table for fantasy football prospects like Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe.
NFL fantasy football player rankings writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com