Jeff Allen, the Chiefs’ second-round draft choice from Illinois, closed his college career by making 47 consecutive starts — nine at right tackle and 38 at left tackle, a mark that is tied for third-best in school history.
The Chiefs intended on converting Allen to guard this season, especially after they selected tackle Donald Stephenson of Oklahoma in the third round. But once training camp started, the Chiefs decided to work Allen at both guard and tackle, which will increase his chances of being on the active roster on game days.
Q: How surprised are you to be working at both guard and tackle?
“I was coming in expecting to contribute in any way I can. It’s just being able to come out and learn each day. We’ve got some great veterans on this team … guys like Branden Albert, Ryan Lilja, Eric Winston. Those are guys I can look to for help, and they play multiple positions as well. Being able to have those guys in the locker room helps tremendously.”
Q: How much does that add to your value as someone who can swing among four positions?
“Being able to go in multiple positions is a great thing. It’s just a great way to help the team.”
Q: What are the toughest adjustments going from tackle to guard?
“It’s a lot quicker inside as far as your hand placement. You have to use your hands.”
Q: What’s been the biggest difference going from the college level to the NFL?
“There are a lot of talented guys out here. You can tell everyone out here is a professional for a reason. They’ve been working at their craft for a long time, especially older guys like Tamba Hali … he’s one of the best in the league, so guys like that help you out.”