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Chiefs add offensive line depth in sixth round of NFL Draft

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The Kansas City Chiefs had some big losses on their offensive line in the offseason when starters Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah, and Geoff Jenkins all departed through free agency. With their final two picks of the draft, the team took massive guard Zach Fulton from Tennessee (#193 overall) and then went north of the border to draft Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, an offensive tackle from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

Fulton (6-5, 315 lbs) is the poster child for a player considered to be a “project” by the NFL. He possesses every physical tool an offensive lineman needs to succeed in the league, but was never able to focus them at Tennessee. However, even his critics say that he is a coachable player with terrific athleticism and a huge upside.

Duvernay-Tardif (6-5, 321 lbs, or 195.58 cm, 145 kg in Canada) is a Canadian med student that balanced his collegiate football career and his med studies to a 4.0 GPA and talk of him being one of the top draft picks in the Canadian Football League draft this year. .

According to NFLDraftScout.com, he is a “technically-raw, mean-spirited lineman who utilizes length and powerful hands to control opponents, and is a great value [in the sixth round] for the Chiefs who could move him inside and see him contend for a starting role relatively quickly.”

Finally, in news that has nothing to do with the Chiefs, but will interest most of their fan base, former Missouri Tiger Michael Sam, the first openly-gay draft prospect in NFL history, was picked in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams which will keep him in the state of Missouri, at least.

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