Chiefs #6: Fulton & Laurent Durveney-Tardiff

Zach Fulton

With no seventh round pick, the Chiefs had a pair of six round picks. With their first selection Kansas City selected Tennessee Guard, Zach Fulton. A few slots later the team filled another area of need by drafting Canadian Tackle, Laurent Duverney-Tardiff.

In drafting the 316-pound mammoth offensive guard from the University of Tennessee, Zach Fulton, the Kansas City Chiefs continue to find potential depth and long-range starters at area of extreme need. A year ago they drafted center, Eric Kush, in the late rounds and he proved he might be the incumbent to current Chiefs center, Rodney Hudson now or in the future.

Fulton has the type of length Head Coach, Andy Reid, likes in his offensive lineman. Pushing the scales at 316 pounds the Tennessee starter is mobile enough to make the jump to the NFL. However, he's been described by some scouting services as a player that needs to be refined.

In Kansas City with the free agent losses of Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah last March, the Chiefs are very thin at guard. Adding a player like Fulton, who started all but three games in four seasons for the Vols offensive line, makes good sense for the Chiefs who have some holes to fill thanks to an exodus in free agency.

Their final pick of round six isn't a household name in the United States but he is north of the border. Laurent Durveney-Tardiff is a converted defensive end that transformed his draft prospects when he switched to offensive tackle while playing for McGill University in Canada.

Durveney-Tardiff was a perennial starter for the Montreal College. However, he's also expected to be the number one overall selection in the CFL Draft later this month.

He was a standout at the East-West Shrine game back in January and the Chiefs, along with other NFL scouts, understood when they evaluated his potential, he'd need time to develop. That being said, he's highly intelligent, strong minded and could develop into a solid right tackle at the NFL level.

With last years top overall draft pick, Eric Fisher, set at left tackle and Donald Stephenson, at right tackle this season, Kansas City is highly void of much depth at the tackle spot. Though Durveney-Tardiff is going to need a year or two in regards to his overall development, (provided the Chiefs can sign him away from the CFL), to become a starter at the NFL level by 2016.


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