4 Free Agents the Chiefs Should Sign Before NFL Draft

With the 2024 NFL Draft only being a few weeks away, the Kansas City Chiefs should try signing these four free agents before they head to Las Vegas.
WR Tyler Boyd is one of four free agents the Chiefs should sign ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft.
WR Tyler Boyd is one of four free agents the Chiefs should sign ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft. / Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Mekhi Becton, OT

With Donovan Smith leaving town, the Chiefs are in dire need of a new left tackle. Internal options are limited outside of Wanya Morris, leaving GM Veach looking for a more experienced option to bring in or at least to provide competition for the former 2023 second-rounder.

Having said that, Mekhi Becton could be the solution.

Becton is one of the more intriguing free agents out there at the moment. He's a former 11th overall selection by the New York Jets in 2020, however, his career hasn't progressed as expected. Just when he was looking solid following his first two seasons, the Highland Springs, VA native's development came to a screeching halt when he was forced the miss the entire 2022 campaign with a knee injury.

Becton returned to the Jets' lineup last year, but his play wasn't on the same level as it was before. He surrendered a whopping 50 pressures across 644 passing downs while also being hindered by a lack of discipline, being called for 18 penalties — the second-most in the league.

At the same time, the Jets' offensive line was a mess for the majority of 2023, so I wouldn't blame Becton entirely for his shortcomings. Sure, his pass protection could improve, but it was only in 2020 that Pro Football Focus gave him a 76.0 pass-block grade. He was also graded a 78.7 for run-blocking in 2021.

Playing for a contender can bring out the best in a player, so perhaps joining the Chiefs would help Becton turn his career around. Whether it's competing for the starting job or provide Morris with a solid backup, I see a contract being mutually beneficial for the team and player.