2. Donovan Smith - LT
Smith has missed the last two weeks due to injury, allowing rookie tackle Wayna Morris to step in and prove his worth.
Morris has performed admirably, lessening the likelihood that Smith will be part of the 2024 roster. If Morris can be a starter on a rookie contract, there's no need to offer Smith an extension.
He's had nine penalties this year, several at critical moments, and grades out as below average over at Pro Football Focus. The Chiefs have Jawaan Taylor signed for the long haul and seem likely to at least lock up Creed Humphrey as well, so there's limited cap room left for the offensive line once you factor in Joe Thuney's last year and a potential Trey Smith extension as well.
Provided Morris continues to develop, the Chiefs would be wise to make the third-round pick their starting left tackle next season.
We've seen Brett Veach retool the defense with young contributors. Roster building is cyclical in nature, so now it's time to see young starters on offense emerge and Morris is next in line.