The NFL offseason is full of crucial decisions that need to be made in order to improve the outlook of the franchise. The Kansas City Chiefs know all about this as they just cut offensive line starters Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz.
Each player has dealt with some recent injuries and came with a massive cap space hit in 2021. The Chiefs are still in position to win a Super Bowl and need to find new starters. With that in mind, here are three tackles the Chiefs should target to replace Fisher and Schwartz.
Kansas City Chiefs Tackle Targets
1. Alejandro Villanueva
This free agency class is not loaded with offensive tackles, but Alejandro Villanueva sticks out as a solid target for the Chiefs. Although he is past his peak, Villanueva has been a reliable starter for the last six seasons. He finished the 2020 season with a Pro Football Focus grade of 74.6 and a pass blocking grade of 77.1. The veteran tackle hasn't missed a single game to injury in the last five seasons and could mentor a young Chiefs player to take his place when needed. With the top tackle options costing too much money, signing Villanueva is a move that also wouldn't break the bank for the Chiefs.
2. Alijah Vera-Tucker
The Chiefs own the No. 31 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft and they could use it to select an offensive tackle replacement. One of the top prospects at the position is Alijah Vera-Tucker. The USC Trojan has played all over the offensive line and excelled during his time playing in college. He has experience working in a complex run-blocking system and has the athleticism to get going downfield. However, he especially shines in the pass blocking aspect of the game. Vera-Tucker has a career 91.9 pass-blocking grade, according to Pro Football Focus. That mark is second among all linemen in the draft and he would be a steal if he falls to the Chiefs spot.
3. Alex Leatherwood
Another option in the 2021 NFL draft for the chiefs is Alex Leatherwood. As part of the National Championship winning Alabama Crimson Tide, Leatherwood was a run-blocking machine. He finished with an 85.4 grade in that area last season, according to Pro Football Focus. Leatherwood has the size and athleticism necessary to be an impactful NFL player from the get go. While he definitely needs time to develop in the league and learn to adjust to facing speedy defensive lineman, he is a candidate to start from day 1 for the Chiefs. If Leatherwood is there by the time the Chiefs select in the first or second round, they should snatch him up.
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