The Kansas City Chiefs have met with a ton of players so far of almost every position not named quarterback. They have a few needs and a ton of picks to try and get it right.
Some of their most notable needs include pass rush and run stop on the defensive side of the ball. They need both edge rushers and interior defenders and luckily, this draft has plenty of both.
On Wednesday they ended up meeting with one of the better defensive tackles in the draft Mazi Smith out of Michigan, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Smith was dominant at Michigan, standing at 6’3″ and 323 pounds will do that. He was a space filler, gap stuffer, and run stopper, and he collapsed the pocket.
That’s exactly what the Chiefs need, as their current starting defensive tackle next to Chris Jones is Derrick Nnadi.
Nothing against Nnadi, as he has been with the Chiefs for quite some time now and he plays his role well, but adding a guy like Smith would make the defense even better, and it would make Chris Jones extremely happy.
Think about this: Since Jones has been in the league, he has never really had a dominant guy next to him in that other defensive tackle spot. Even when he played with Tamba Hali, the Chiefs legend was at the end of his career. Having another guy would allow the Chiefs’ defense, and Jones specifically to do more.
This would make it to that opposing offensive lines couldn’t double-team as often. There is just so much more the Chiefs’ defense, and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo can do with a guy like Smith.