To Draft Or Not To Draft: Ben Grubbs

The Chiefs must find offensive line help in the draft. They need three new bodies who can help return the offensive line to domination. That process might start with Auburn guard Ben Grubbs.

Selecting Grubbs makes the most sense for the Chiefs. They have other needs, and the choice might end up causing the team to move down a few spots because all of their guys are still on the board, but it's not often a player of Grubbs' ability should be overlooked for even the briefest of moments.

All-Pro and eventual NFL Hall of Fame guard Will Shields retired a few weeks back and the Chiefs are prepared to go into the season with John Welbourn as his immediate successor. This is a player who has spent consecutive seasons serving league-mandated suspensions.

That shouldn't matter, but with Chris Terry's pending situation in Atlanta, the Chiefs must add some bulk in this draft.

Grubbs is a beast. He's the premier guard in the draft and could step in for Shields and play the next 10 or 12 seasons in Kansas City.

At Auburn he played in a pro-style offense. He is adept in both run blocking and pass protection. Grubbs has a quick first step and knows how to throw his bulk around. He's intelligent.

The Chiefs offense is going to change. They are going to run more between the tackles and they need guards and tackles that can zone block. This team is going to depart from the pulling style of offense they've become so accustomed to practicing in the past.

That's where Grubbs comes into the picture. Under a young quarterback, this offense is going to have its struggles. The one thing that will help Brodie Croyle adjust to life in the NFL (assuming he's the starter) is to put an offensive line in front of him that matures with him.

The left side of this line is intact for the next couple of seasons. Damion McIntosh will replace Jordan Black and Brian Waters is still in the prime of his career. At center, Casey Wiegmann is getting a bit long in the tooth, but the Chiefs need an experienced center (though I do expect them to draft one this weekend). The struggles will be on the right side.

That's why passing on Grubbs would be a bad move for the Chiefs. He can start this year and that means Kansas City will only have to address the right tackle position, which can be upgraded in the second round.

The Chiefs will have a plethora of players rated high on their boards and will be able to choose from some of the top wide receivers, cornerbacks and defensive tackles, but they should resist those moves and take the less sexy one by drafting Grubbs.

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