ROUND 7- PICK 248: KYLE KALIS, OG (MICHIGAN)
With their final pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chiefs decide to address their offensive line by drafting Kyle Kalis out of Michigan.
Offensive guard used to be a big need for Kansas City, but last year they took Parker Ehinger in the fourth round. Ehinger was actually looking pretty good, but missed the final eight games of the regular season due to a knee injury he sustained against Indianapolis.
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Kalis was a All-Big Ten Second-Team lineman and had nine starts at right guard in 2015. With Ehinger holding down the fort at left guard, Kalis could potentially become an option at right guard in the future.
Really though, the offensive line was super banged up in 2015 and the Chiefs should draft for depth along there. Though their 2016 unit fared much better at staying healthy and protecting Alex Smith. They just need to work on opening up the run game because the Chiefs really didn’t have much of a run game to speak of.
This is the only pick the Chiefs spend on the offensive line in the draft because honestly… The unit we saw this past year gave me a lot of hope for future seasons. Sure there are areas needing improvement, but the more guys work together along the line, the better they’ll be down the road.
Consistency is key in other words.