Illinois Guard Beefs up KC's Offensive Line

Sooner or later the Kansas City Chiefs had to address their offensive line. In the third round, they may have found the man in Illinois lineman Jon Asamoah, who someday might replace All Pro Guard Brian Waters.

General Manager Scott Pioli wasn't in a mood to mess around in this draft. Knowing he has an aging All Pro Guard in Brian Waters, who isn't enamored with the new coaching staff, might have found someone that could create some unwanted competition for the Chiefs perennial All Pro Guard.

Jon Asamoah was a second team Big Ten offensive Guard and a Outland Award Candidate. In the last two seasons he anchored the interior line for an offense that was ranked 18th rushing nationally in 2009.

Asamoah though is very skilled and started the last three years for the Illini. In fact, some believe he was the best Guard available in this draft. Scout.com had him ranked third and the Chiefs were very fortunate that he fell to the top of the third round.

But his most redeeming quality is his demeanor on the field. He has a nasty side and loves to pancake opposing defensive lineman. In 2008 and 2009, he only gave up four sacks and was a high energy leader in the locker room.

The addition of Asmoah and free agent Ryan Lilja completely change the fortunes of the Chiefs offensive line.

By drafting the talented Guard, the Chiefs could cut or even trade Brian Waters before the start of the 2010 season. If not he'll serve as his understudy for a year, then take over in 2011. He also offers insurance for Lilja who is dealing with a couple of nagging injuries.

However that could change if the Chiefs try to push him outside to right tackle. It's not likely since they already moved Colin Brown, last years fifth round draft from right tackle to guard,last season.

It appears the Chiefs may have found another third round guard that could play for a decade or more in Kansas City.

The last time the Chiefs took a Guard this high in Round Three was a player by the name of Will Shields from Nebraska.

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