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NFL Network’s Mike Mayock likes two offensive linemen for Chiefs in first round

Miami offensive lineman Ereck Flowers
Miami offensive lineman Ereck Flowers The Associated Press

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is well aware of the Chiefs’ upheaval at receiver this offseason, signing Jeremy Maclin and cutting Dwayne Bowe.

“They signed Jeremy Maclin, but obviously I still think they need a wide receiver,” Mayock said. “Albert Wilson is a promising and intriguing prospect, as is De’Anthony Thomas, who plays both running back and wideout, (but) I’d love to see another wideout.”

Thing is, the top three options — Alabama’s Amari Cooper, West Virginia’s Kevin White and Louisville’s DeVante Parker — are all expected to be off the board by the time the Chiefs pick 18th overall in the first round, and general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid have not shown any willingness to reach for a player, especially at that position.

“That’s typically not been Andy Reid’s M.O.,” Mayock said. “Andy is not a first-round wide receiver guy, historically, so if he doesn’t go that way, would he go offensive line again? To me, that could make a lot of sense.”

The Chiefs have invested some resources this offseason in reinforcing their guard positions, which were problem spots last year. They traded a fifth-round pick for left guard Ben Grubbs and handed him an extension, and signed veteran Paul Fanaika to a three-year deal to compete with Zach Fulton at right guard.

But right tackle, however, seems a little less settled. Reid has stated veterans Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson are positioned to compete, but both were drafted by a different regime and enter the final year of their four-year rookie deals.

“If you’re looking at offensive line for Kansas City, they have both guard and tackle needs,” Mayock said. “And could they take a right tackle that could play inside, such as a La’el Collins from LSU or an Ereck Flowers from Miami? They would be two logical other picks for me.”

Collins, who is listed at 6 feet 4 and 305 pounds, played left tackle at LSU but also started at left guard as a sophomore. Flowers, who is listed at 6 feet 6 and 329 pounds, entered the draft after his true junior season and played both left and right tackle in college.

Both players are projected by many draft analysts to go in the first round.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @TerezPaylor.

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