3 Most Likely Mitchell Schwartz Free-Agent Destinations Following 2021 NFL Draft
The 2020 NFL season was a rollercoaster for former Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz. The three-time All-Pro lineman was looking to keep his career progressing as the Chiefs were coming off of their Super Bowl 54 victory. Unfortunately for him, Schwartz's campaign was plagued with injuries that held him to just six games. The Chiefs then released him back in March.
Assuming he can heal properly and play like his old self, Schwartz would be a good addition to any NFL offensive line. ProFootballFocus gave him an overall grade of 84.0 in 2019 when he didn't allow a single sack on 1,046 offensive snaps.
Keeping that in mind, here's a look at three of the most likely free-agent destinations for Schwartz after the 2021 NFL Draft.
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3. Indianapolis Colts
When Anthony Castonzo retired back at the start of the offseason, the Indianapolis Colts were left with a hole at the tackle position. They didn't address the need in the draft, meaning free agency is their next best bet. Schwartz would be an affordable option at this stage in the offseason. The Colts wouldn't have to break the bank to sign him, plus he'd be able to play for a contender. Plus, if Schwartz bounces back, that would mean Carson Wentz would have even more protection to succeed.
2. Cincinnati Bengals
After allowing 3.0 sacks per game in 2020 (27th), the Cincinnati Bengals made it a goal to better protect Joe Burrow. They managed to select three offensive linemen in the draft, including Clemson's Jackson Carman at No. 46. However, the Bengals could still use all the help they can get. Each of those picks isn't guaranteed to be NFL-ready when the season begins, so having a veteran like Schwartz would make things easier. Plus, he has the winning pedigree that he can try and pass on to the younger linemen.
1. Philadelphia Eagles
No NFL team allowed more sacks per game last season (4.1) than the Philadelphia Eagles. They didn't really address their o-line needs at the draft, with second-round pick Landon Dickerson being their only draftee at the position. Lane Johnson and Andre Dillard are currently the Eagles' starting tackles, but the duo only played seven games between them in 2020 thanks to injuries. Even though Schwartz missed some time too, he'll likely be a cheap option to give Philadelphia more depth. After all, it's better to be safe than sorry.
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