Kansas City Chiefs: Pre-free agency big board for 2021 NFL Draft

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KC Chiefs find their left tackle of the future in 2021 NFL Mock Draft
Liam Eichenberg #74 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Second Round Targets

1. Liam Eichenberg, OL (Notre Dame)

Here’s the thing I don’t like about round two — There will be a lot of solid offensive linemen to target but they all are probably going to go before the Chiefs’ second-round pick and then there is a little drop-off for a bit.

That brings us to Liam Eichenberg, who will probably go mid-second round, but likely doesn’t make it to KC unless there’s a trade up. When comparing Eichenberg to the tackles mentioned in round one, he is much more NFL-ready but has a lower ceiling.

He isn’t elite athletically but he is just a smart, technically sound player who just gets the job done. He actually reminds me a lot of Mitchell Schwartz in that matter and for that reason alone, Chiefs Kingdom should be clamoring for this pick.

2. Alex Leatherwood, OL (Alabama)

Alex Leatherwood may not be quite as flashy or have as high of a ceiling as the first-round guys, but like Eichenberg, he is a pretty safe pick. He may not be quite as technical as Eichenberg, but he is a big tackle with length and grip strength that will allow him to be a successful tackle in the NFL.

Again, as mentioned with Eichenberg, he probably falls somewhere between 31 and 63, so he’s probably a trade-up candidate.

3. Ronnie Perkins, EDGE (Oklahoma)

Ronnie Perkins is a little undersized for a typical Steve Spagnuolo defensive end, but he has the type of motor and energy that would fit in excellent alongside Frank Clark. He is strong despite being a little light so he can be physical on some downs and mix it up to beat opponents with speed on other downs.

Again, he might need to put on 25 pounds or so to be able to excel as a 4-3 defensive end, but if he can do that and keep the same motor, he would make an excellent second-round target for the Chiefs.

4. Chazz Surratt, LB (UNC)

I don’t like taking a linebacker this early in the draft, but if Chazz Surratt is on the board I could get on board with it. Surratt’s size may be something to improve upon as an NFL player, but his speed gives him tremendous upside in the modern NFL.

The Chiefs are only going to have two linebackers on the field for a majority of game time, so he will likely be a rotational guy to begin his career. Having Surratt and Willie Gay as KC’s linebackers of the future gives them a ton of speed and ability to cover sideline to sideline with ease.

5. Brevin Jordan, TE (Miami)

As with the linebacker position, it would be frustrating to see tight end addressed this early but, in listening to Veach, it’s a possibility that needs to be considered. Brevin Jordan isn’t going to be much of a blocker, at least early in his career, but has great acceleration for a tight end, and combining that with his size, he could make for another matchup nightmare in KC.