Whereas the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs obtained some excellent news on the return timelines for beginning tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz this week, the staff isn’t going to place all of its eggs within the basket of 30-plus-year-old blockers recovering from important accidents.
Even with the approaching return of beginning guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and 2020 third-rounder Lucas Niang — each COVID-19 opt-outs final yr — common supervisor Brett Veach and the entrance workplace plan to handle the unit answerable for defending its most necessary asset: Patrick Mahomes.
“I like the way in which this draft appears,” Veach instructed reporters on Monday. “The draft appears to be actually gifted on the offensive line, so I feel it is going to be a mix of what now we have in-house and mixing that in with some new expertise, probably in free company and probably within the draft, however I actually like the way in which the draft is shaping up, and I feel it’s protected to say we’ll be addressing that in any space we will.”
In accordance with The Draft Community’s Justin Melo, the Chiefs have already been doing their homework on this yr’s crop, together with internet hosting a latest assembly with Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkins.
Oklahoma State OT Teven Jenkins is a bonafide first spherical choose. An unbelievable participant that is simple to like on tape.
He’ll meet/has met just about w/ #Cardinals, #Chiefs, #Broncos, #Ravens, #Colts, #Patriots, #Buccaneers, #Jets, #Payments, #Jaguars, #Titans, #Packers, #Saints & #49ers.
— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) March 3, 2021
As Melo notes, Jenkins is in excessive demand with conferences scheduled with practically half of the league already, and for good cause.
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Jenkins Seems to be to ‘Humiliate Gamers’ With Physicality
Melo’s colleague, senior NFL Draft analyst Jordan Reid, views Jenkins as a “developmental offensive sort out that would finally flip right into a starter at sort out or guard,” nevertheless others, resembling Arrowhead Report’s Jordan Foote, are even greater on him.
Right here is extra of what The Draft Community needed to say in Jenkins’ full scouting report:
Enjoying in 37 profession video games (35 begins) at Oklahoma State, Teven Jenkins skilled time at proper guard, left sort out, and proper sort out. With a bulk of his expertise coming at proper sort out, he blossomed throughout his closing two seasons. Enjoying within the first eight video games of the season, he elected to choose out after struggling what was reported as decrease again points.
The 6-foot-6, 320-pound fifth-year senior offensive sort out is a top-heavy blocker that has skilled success within the staff’s Air Raid offense. A fast setter that’s liable to take horizontal go units, he’s created a behavior of creating fast wins by putting his palms and controlling defenders. As a run blocker, he’s capable of create appreciable quantities of motion when capable of acquire momentum previous to engagement factors. A nicely above common finisher, Jenkins is the kind of offensive lineman that makes an attempt to humiliate gamers within the reverse shade jersey. The echo of the whistle doesn’t decelerate his course of and he continues on together with his course of till he needs to conclude.
Jenkins’ athleticism and lack of total vary could create questions on his potential at offensive sort out and there shall be some groups who grade him as a guard consequently. Jenkins may have a robust likelihood of being the primary offensive lineman drafted from this system since Russell Okung (2010).
The newly turned 23-year-old is at present TDN’s No. 45 total prospect and eighth-ranked offensive sort out, placing him firmly in early Day 2 consideration.
Jenkins’ Star Prone to Develop as Draft Approaches
As is the case most years within the weeks and months main as much as the draft, the thrill round Jenkins as a possible first-rounder is more likely to warmth up. In truth, it already has.
Working example: In his most up-to-date mock draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper projected Jenkins to land with the Buffalo Payments at choose No. 30, one slot in entrance of Kansas Metropolis.
Matt Miller of The Draft Scout had Jenkins pegged to go 25th total to the Jacksonville Jaguars in his first mock of the yr final month.
The NFL.com crew — together with Daniel Jeremiah, Charley Casserly, Lance Zierlein and Cynthia Frelund — all had Jenkins within the mid-to-late first spherical vary of their preliminary mock drafts in February. Zierlein was probably the most bullish, matching the redshirt senior up with the Chicago Bears at No. 20 and calling him “a rock-steady sort out with expertise on either side of the road.”
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