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.
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-