2017 NFL Draft Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report: Ben Braden

Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect Ben Braden. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect Ben Braden. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Chiefs look pretty set on their offensive line. However, the Chiefs may look to add some depth talent. Ben Braden of Michigan is a good option.

When Laurent Duvernay-Tardif got his new contract, it meant the Kansas City Chiefs had locked up their starting offensive line. In fact, the Chiefs are set almost across the board on the offensive front. However, there is nothing wrong with looking for more talent. Ben Braden from Michigan could earn a spot on this roster.

Apart from Laurent Durvernay-Tardif, the Chiefs also have Parker Ehinger as a starting guard. The fourth round pick from last year won the starting spot in Training Camp, but had his year shortened due to injury. He should win the job again this year fairly easily.

However, it is the depth at guard that is truly impressive for the Chiefs. Both Zach Fulton and Jah Reid have several seasons of starting experience under their belts. That is a great asset for a team to have. Unfortunately, both players are free agents after this season, and it’s hard to see both (if either) coming back in 2018. That long-term need is why KC should look at a guard.

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Building the roster through competition has been the MO of John Dorsey and his staff. It makes sense to keep doing this, especially with the offensive line. The Chiefs would love to have some long-term stability all through the depth chart. This year’s draft class isn’t strong, but it does have some options.

Ben Braden – OG – Michigan

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Garnering All-BIG honors during his last two seasons at Michigan, Ben Braden has become an interesting name in the NFL Draft. His versatility as a starting guard and tackle for the Wolverines opens a lot of doors for his future. Though far from a blue chip prospect, he is a guy that has seen interest from a number of teams.

Ben Braden is a mauler who understands how to put his size and strength to work. Looks for contact and attempts to finish every block. Shows a mean streak when getting after opponents. Has a strong anchor to handle the bull rush. Braden uses his hands well to hold defenders away.

The issues for Ben Braden start with his athleticism. Does not move well, and can be slow getting into position. Struggles to get out into space when asked to pull. Can struggle with twists and stunts involving quick movement. Doesn’t keep good posture when blocking, allowing himself to go off balance.

I see some potential in Ben Braden, though he doesn’t have the athleticism the Chiefs generally look for. However, his power in the short area is something that could be an asset for a team that struggles to move the pile. He’s got the attitude and mentality you want in a backup, and his effort will never be questioned.

The Kansas City Chiefs need to be looking for long-term options for the offensive line depth, especially at guard. It also wouldn’t hurt Kansas City to start looking for some pile movers that can help pick up short yardage situations. John Dorsey has this roster going in the right direction, but there are still some adjustments to be made.