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ESPN’s Todd McShay predicts Chiefs will take a center in first round

Florida State center Cameron Erving
Florida State center Cameron Erving The Associated Press

With the Chiefs addressing needs at wide receiver and guard in free agency and through trade, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay predicts the Chiefs will address another need — center — in his latest mock draft.

You can read the article here (subscription link), but in his mock draft 4.0, McShay predicted the Chiefs will select Florida State center Cameron Erving with the 18th pick in the first round.

Here’s what McShay had to say about the 6-foot-5, 313-pound center:

“Even after trading for guard Ben Grubbs, the Chiefs still need help on their offensive line. Erving has very good length and athleticism for the center position and could step right in to replace Rodney Hudson, who signed with the Raiders in free agency, but he also has the versatility to help out at multiple spots along the line if he’s needed to in 2015 or going forward, having also played left tackle in college. The addition of Jeremy Maclin in free agency makes wide receiver a less pressing need.”

I believe Erving is in consideration for the 18th pick, and I wrote a comprehensive article about why (with GIFs!) here.

Personally, I wish Erving was a little nastier, and there’s some concern about his length — you rarely see tall centers because they typically have longer arms, which allows defensive tackles to get into their body quickly in a short area — so I think No. 18 is a tad early for him (I’m giving him a late first-round grade). But depending what’s left on the board, I’d understand it.

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