KC Chiefs: Time for a way too early mock draft for the 2021 NFL Draft

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Walker Little #72 of the Stanford Cardinal (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
Walker Little #72 of the Stanford Cardinal (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images) /

Round 4, Pick 143: Walker Little, OT (Stanford)

An elite level prospect coming out of high school, Walker Little has opted out of the 2020 season and is looking ahead to the NFL Draft. His evaluation and value on the draft board will likely vary, and in some cases greatly, team by team.

A potential first round pick entering the 2019 season, Little suffered a season ending knee injury in the first game. Now with his decision to opt out, he will not play when and if the PAC 12 resumes. He will have played one game of football in two years when the 2021 season kicks off.

However, before the injury, there was no denying his potential as a left tackle, so again, while he will have missed a lot of time, the potential for him to possibly take over for Eric Fisher for the 2022 season exists.

With Lucas Niang opting out of the season, I fully expect both current starters, Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz to return next season as the starters, and in this scenario, Little and Niang are developmental tackles with Niang possibly kicking inside to guard.

I do expect to see the Chiefs to always take an offensive lineman or two as they work to always make sure they have the necessary depth along the offensive line to keep Patrick Mahomes standing upright. Little is a potential starter at left tackle and may go much earlier.