KC Chiefs: Landon Dickerson would be a risky pick in 2021 NFL Draft

Landon Dickerson #69 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Landon Dickerson #69 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

The KC Chiefs need help along the interior line and Landon Dickerson could make sense for them, but he’d be a risky selection at pick No. 31. 

One thing was clear in the Super Bowl and that was that the Kansas City Chiefs‘ offensive line was atrocious. Obviously, there were a lot of injuries along the line, which led to the unit getting dominated by the Bucs’ defensive front, but still, the Chiefs have needs at offensive line and the draft is a good way to address them.

In Daniel Jeremiah’s second mock draft, he had the Chiefs taking Landon Dickerson of Alabama at pick No. 31. While this would fill a big need for the Chiefs, there’s some hesitance with Dickerson, as he injured his ACL last season.

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"Dickerson, who’s recovering from an ACL tear, comes with durability concerns, but the Chiefs are in position to make this type of bet on the best interior O-lineman in the draft."

As Jeremiah notes, the injury is a concern and for a team that already has experienced having to manage with a beat-up offensive line, this could be something that scares KC off from Dickerson. However, Jeremiah also made sure to mention that Dickerson is the best interior lineman in the draft and that’s something the Chiefs might find worth the risk.

Dickerson is listed as a center and the Chiefs could lose center Austin Reiter this offseason to free agency. Even if they manage to re-sign Reiter, selecting Dickerson and letting him have plenty of time to rest up and get healthy wouldn’t be a bad idea. Reiter is honestly the best center in free agency though and he might end up elsewhere.

The KC Chiefs need to address their offensive line issues in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Landon Dickerson might fall to the end of the first round because of his injury and if he does, the Chiefs will have a tough decision to make. Do they spend the No. 31 pick on a guy who recently tore his ACL and is still recovering? There’s a chance he doesn’t bounce back from it and this goes down as a terrible draft choice.

At the same time, however, there’s a chance Dickerson recovers just fine and becomes the best o-lineman on the Chiefs’ roster. Brett Veach will have to decide if this gamble is worth it or if there’s someone else on the board that interests him at No. 31 overall.

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What do you think, Chiefs fans? Would you want KC to draft Landon Dickerson?