3 Chiefs Draft Busts Who Could Be Cut This Offseason

Brett Veach has difficult roster decisions ahead this summer
Brett Veach has difficult roster decisions ahead this summer / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chiefs are actively engaged with OTAs (offseason team activities), the first opportunity for the coaching staff to evaluate the roster against the incoming rookie class.

While these are optional practices, most players will participate. Louis Rees-Zammit and Montrell Washington have stood out in the early portion, though there's still plenty of time for other guys to earn respect as well.

Unfortunately, this is also a time for Andy Reid and Brett Veach to determine what players won't ultimately make the 53-man roster. The Chiefs have done a tremendous job drafting in recent years but there are still young guys who will likely be cut before the season rolls around.

3 Chiefs Draft Busts Who Could Be Cut

1. Lucas Niang - OT

A 2020 third-round pick out of TCU, Lucas Niang suited up for 14 games last year but has just 67 total offensive snaps over the last two seasons. He's played sparingly on special teams as well, though this is the last year on his contract and he could find himself looking for a new job soon.

The Chiefs need the depth at tackle, but Niang appears to be falling behind in the pecking order. Wanya Morris, Kingsley Suamataia, and Jawaan Taylor are firmly entrenched ahead of Niang, and the Chiefs drafted two other offensive linemen this year as well. With some undrafted guys getting an opportunity to show out, Niang's days in Kansas City appear to be limited.

If an undrafted rookie makes the case to stick on the roster, I'd guess Niang is one of the guys on the chopping block.

Niang was once a promising prospect. He played 62% of offensive snaps in 2021 with nine starts, though injuries and a decline in effectiveness have left him searching for answers.

He's a guy I see on the bubble right now. Offensive line depth is important, especially for a roster like the Chiefs', so he could squeak his way onto the 53-man roster by virtue of being a body. However, I wouldn't be surprised to see Niang on the cut list by the time the summer ends.