The Kansas City Chiefs could find themselves on the hunt for a recent left tackle come the 2023 NFL offseason.
Orlando Brown Jr. declined a lucrative contract offer from the team ahead of the deadline to sign franchise-tagged players to a long-term deal. The Chiefs can not negotiate a long-term take care of Brown Jr. until after the 2022 NFL season. He may be very much so betting on himself by playing on the franchise tag this yr, with clear that he can raise his value. The issue is that a variety of things can occur within the span of a yr. Brown Jr. could regress or get hurt. He could even have an All-Pro season and effectively price himself out of Kansas City. Perhaps the team decides to make use of the franchise tag again and he requests a trade.
Regardless of the case, there’s a possibility that the team could find themselves looking to accumulate a starting left tackle within the 2023 NFL draft. Thankfully, the upcoming class is looking promising, with many young players who may very well be effective NFL players at one in every of the league’s most vital non-QB positions.
With college football season fast approaching, here’s a take a look at 12 players that the team could have their eyes on come April of 2023:
Galvin (6-7, 302 kilos) could well be the highest offensive tackle prospect within the 2023 NFL draft class. He’s began 26 profession games at left tackle for the Baylor Bears, including 14 games last season where allowed a combined 4 pressures on the yr. That performance earned him Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Yr honors and a First-Team All-Big 12 selection. One other season like that in 2022, has the potential to cement him as the highest pass-protecting tackle within the draft class.
As a real freshman at left tackle in 2020, Skoronski allowed just 17 total pressures, including two sacks in 587 snaps with Northwestern. Last season, he allowed 19 pressures at left tackle, but he had some really impressive snaps against top-flight competition like Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson, who was a top-5 draft selection in 2022. The 6-4 and 315-pound tackle was a First-Team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection by the media in 2021.
The 2021 college football season was Beebe’s first at left tackle, but you wouldn’t necessarily know that from watching him play. He began 13 games at left tackle and didn’t allow a single sack in all 367 pass-blocking snaps he played. The impressive athlete was named First-Team All-Big 12 and was an honorable mention for Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Yr. With an optimistic outlook for the Wildcats in 2022, a giant season by Beebe could thrust him into the conversation as one in every of the highest OTs within the 2023 draft class.
The Chiefs could seek a left tackle solution from Andy Reid’s alma mater. Freeland has played each left and right tackle throughout the course of his three-year profession with the Cougars. He has allowed only one sack in 956 pass-blocking snaps during that span. Last season, he began all 13 games at left tackle and allowed just five total pressures on the season. He helped the BYU offense to a top-25 offense within the FBS in 2021, averaging over 453 yards per game and over 33 points per game. One other strong season at left tackle in 2022 could have Freeland rising up draft boards come the 2023 NFL draft.
Kirkland actually declared for the 2022 NFL draft, but he dropped out once he learned that an ankle injury suffered throughout the 2021 college football season was more severe than expected. His eligibility was reinstated and he’ll start at left tackle for Washington again this season. In the course of the 2020 college football season, Kirkland was some of the dominant pass protectors in college football, not allowing a single sack within the 4 games he played at left tackle. Last season, was a mixed bag for Kirkland. He struggled against Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson, but he pitched a shutout against Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux. Each were top-5 picks within the 2022 NFL draft.
A consensus five-star prospect coming out of highschool, Johnson Jr. appeared in five games as a real freshman in 2020, including within the National Championship game against Alabama. In 2021, he began all 13 games at right guard, allowing 18 total pressures on the yr. In 2022, he’s expected to takeover because the Buckeyes’ starter at left tackle, where he’ll look to enhance on his marks from last season. An excellent season in 2022 may lead to an early declaration for the 2023 NFL draft for the previous highschool standout.
Any offensive lineman that wears a neck roll is already an authorized baller in my book. McFadden is a two-time second-team All-ACC player. He played right tackle in 2020 before making the switch to the left side in 2021, where he saw little or no drop-off in his performance and play. In over 400 pass-blocking snaps he allowed just 10 pressures, including one sack against Georgia, which was probably more on his quarterback than it was on him.
Replacing one former Oklahoma Sooner with one other is an option in 2023. Harrison joined Oklahoma as a real freshman in 2020 and commenced nine games at left tackle, allowing only one sack in his first season of school football. As a sophomore in 2021, Harrison took a step back. He began all 13 games at left tackle with 18 total pressures, including two sacks on the yr. Improvement in 2023 could see Harrison declare for the 2023 NFL draft as a junior and stand up draft boards. He definitely has the athleticism and potential to be among the best left tackles in the category.
This 6-foot-5 and 305-pound tackle began all 13 games for the Rebels in 2021. He plays with an edge and has some nastiness to his game, which regularly shows up within the run game. Broeker had an up-and-down season in pass protection in 2021, with a very rough outing against the Alabama Crimson tide and star pass-rusher Will Anderson. That said, improvement in 2022 may lead to a giant jump up draft boards come April.
Nelson was the Chiefs’ first-round pick in a recent two-round mock draft from our friends at Draft Wire. Here’s a little bit of what we wrote then:
“Nelson bulked as much as a formidable 6-5 and 316 kilos in 2021, boasting a superb season in pass protection with no sacks allowed in the ultimate seven games of the season. Pro Football Focus even named him because the fifth-best tackle prospect for the 2023 NFL draft.”
This pick might make a bit more sense for Kansas City after failing to conform to a long-term take care of Orlando Brown Jr. this past week.
Foster began every game at left tackle for the Tigers in 2021, despite appearing in only 11 games within the three seasons prior. He was one in every of college football’s best run-blocking offensive tackles last season, scoring an 82.8 run-blocking grade from Pro Football Focus. Only Evan Neal, Charles Cross and current Chiefs OT Darian Kinnard had higher overall grades on the season. Foster helped pave the best way for Tyler Badie’s school record-setting 1,612-yard, 14 touchdown season. The 6-5 and 320-pound tackle also wasn’t half bad protecting QB Connor Bazelak, who was sacked only 13 times all season long despite constant fluctuation at left guard, right guard and right tackle spots.
Yes, Vorhees played with Sam Darnold back in 2017. He began eight games at right guard as a real freshman that season and in total has 37 profession starts heading into 2022. He has played nearly all of his snaps in college along the offensive interior, but he began 4 games at left tackle in 2021, surrendering only one sack in over 400 snaps. If he continues to play left tackle for Lincoln Riley’s USC Trojans in 2022, he may very well be an option for a team like Kansas City.