Patrick Mahomes’ blindside should be well protected, as the Chiefs make a blockbuster trade to acquire former Baltimore Raven offensive tackle Orlando Brown!
The Chiefs traded their 2021 first-round pick (No. 31 overall), a third-rounder (94), fourth-round pick (136), and a 2022 fifth-round selection in exchange for Brown and a 2021 second-round pick (No. 58) and a 2022 sixth-round pick. It’s an awesome move on the Chief’s behalf. Moving down 27 draft slots, giving up a couple of mid-round picks to fill the gaping hole in their offensive line. The chances of the Chiefs finding an immediate step-in starter in the draft is unlikely. However, with Brown, that hole is now filled.
OL Orlando Brown
At 6’8″, 355 lbs. Brown will fill that LT position on the Chiefs O-Line with no problem. Since being drafted in the third round of the 2018 Draft by the Ravens. Brown has been a staple at RT and LT, starting 42 games in his three-year career.
Brown had a stellar first two seasons at RT, showing solid skills as a pass and run blocker. Brown then upped his game as he switched to LT, replacing the injured Ronnie Stanley, where he was selected to his second Pro Bowl, and provided he was up to the task of blind-side protector. With Stanley set to return, Brown requested a trade from Baltimore to test the waters and see if he could be paid as an LT.
The Chiefs has answered the call. No details yet as to the terms of the contract, but it will likely be a long-term extension that Brown was looking for. No doubt this will be a deal for multiple years. Keeping Brown in Kansas City for several years to come.
Kansas City Offensive Line
Since that debacle of a Superbowl, the Offensive Line has been the chiefs’ main office’s main focus. Signing RG Joe Thuney and former Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long was a few of the first steps the Chiefs brass made. With Brown pretty well stepping in at LT, that leaves the RT position open to returning 2020 third-round pick Lucas Niang, who opted out last season. The Chiefs have spoken very highly of Niang’s ability to take the starting spot despite missing last season.
The Chiefs also re-signed Mike Remmers, who could step in if Niang struggles.
Now that the Left Tackle void is filled, and QB1 will be protected. Where does Kansas City go in the Draft? Giving up their late first-round pick really didn’t hurt the Chiefs at all. Moving down up 27 spots in the early second round, the amount of talent remaining will be very high. So where will they go? Safety? Maybe a shutdown corner?
I think a stud Linebacker to stuff the run, work the middle and free up the DEs and DLs to wreak havoc would be a good idea earlier in the second round. Of course, that is all on the defensive side of the ball.
On the offensive side, maybe a big, tall receiver? To be the opposite of speedster WR Tyreek Hill. A bigger receiver that can go way up and snag the ball out of the air. Giving Mahomes that big target in the back of the end zone as well.
That hole in the Chiefs offensive line had many Chiefs’ fans nervous, myself included, for the safety of our superstar QB Patrick Mahomes. Coach Andy Reid on the other hand, stated earlier in the week he wasn’t concerned about filling the voids left by the release of Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher. Like most Chiefs fans, it appears Coach Reid has complete trust in GM Brett Veach and the Chiefs’ front office.
I have typed “In Veach, we trust” many times in previous articles concerning the offensive line and other positions on the Chiefs’ roster. It appears that trust is truly paying off. I know for a fact the entire Chiefs’ Kingdom is breathing a huge sigh of relief at this very moment.
I also have to say that QB1 Mahomes will sleep easier tonight, knowing he will be better protected on the field. All in all, Kansas City shows they are going all out to “Run it Back” and make their third consecutive Superbowl, only this time finishing it off with a Victory.
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*All Stats and info from NFL.com