2013 NFL Draft Grade: Eric Kush

Mar 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey speaks to media during the press conference at The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

THE PICK: Eric Kush, center, California (PA)

Center was a position of need for the Chiefs given the health concerns of Rodney Hudson, so the John Dorsey draft Eric Kush to back him up.

Kush is a 6-4, 305 pound interior lineman who started 32 of the 47 games he appeared in. Many had Kush going undrafted so it is a little surprising that Kansas City would take him this high in the draft given who was still remaining on the board.

But as I said earlier, center was a position the Chiefs needed to address because of the lack of depth behind Hudson. Kansas City learned last year how a lack of depth could come back to bite you if someone goes down as Ryan Lilja had to move to center, a position he had never played before, after Hudson went down. Addressing the position in the draft made sense, but drafting a guy most expected to go undrafted is concerning.

The redeeming part of this pick is that we don’t really know much about Kush because he came from such a small school, so there could be a lot of potential here that we are unaware of. Plus, the selection came in a round where you can take risks like this. Still, I would have preferred Kansas City take a look at Tyler Bray or Zac Dysert here.

GRADE: C

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OTHER CHIEFS DRAFT GRADES

First Round – Eric Fisher: B

Third Round – Travis Kelce: B+

Third Round -Knile Davis: B-

Fourth Round – Nico Johnson: B+

Fifth Round – Sanders Commings: B-

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Eric Kush, Kansas City Chiefs

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