Even though the Kansas City Chiefs recently won their third Super Bowl in five years, they need to make changes to their lineup. An area that needs improvement is the offensive line.
Protecting superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes is of the utmost importance and is something KC has struggled with this season. Behind Professional soccer referencesthey allowed 164 pressures, fourth-most in the NFL. Here are three O-line players they should keep an eye on this offseason.
1. Tyron Smith, OT, Dallas Cowboys
Smith, 33, would be a short-term investment rather than a long-term commitment. But it could be worth it for Kansas City. Pro Football Focus gave it to him Rating 83.7, fourth best in his position. He also earned a second-team All-Pro nod.
The Chiefs won't have to overpay for the eight-time Pro Bowler. Spotrac estimates its own market value is a one-year contract worth $7.4 million. The team should $22.63 million in the cap room when free agency begins in March.
2. Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma
In his latest trial designRyan Wilson of CBS Sports had the Chiefs select Guyton 32nd overall. He started just 15 games in four seasons at TCU and Oklahoma, but scouts believe the 5-foot-7, 328-pounder has untapped potential.
“In pass pro mode, he explodes from his position and has the reach to hide fast players” he wrote Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Media. “Overall, Guyton is still a work in progress, but he has elite features and tools.”
I start with Lt. Donovan Smith, who scored below average Class 55.4 PFF in 12 games – begins free agency in the offseason. Bringing in a rookie with intriguing upside in his place is not unreasonable. In addition, he will have a cheaper contract, which will save space in the squad and potentially allow Chiefs to acquire a winger such as Mike Evans or Tee Higgins.
3. Kiran Amegadjie, OT, Yale
According to Tankathon, Chiefs will take Amegadjie with the 64th overall pick. Even though he played at the FCS level, don't underestimate the Ivy League standout who stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 326 pounds.
“Amegadjie has the physical and athletic tools to become a long-time NFL left tackle.” he wrote Damian Parson of Draft Network. “He is a candidate to be called up and kept for part of his debut season. Amegadjie has great potential in the long term.”
In three seasons at Yale, he earned a first-team All-Ivy selection in 2022 and honorable mention honors in 2021. He played in only four games in 2023 due to a quadriceps injury, but still posted outstanding numbers Grade 89.5 PFF. He's a potential thief.