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Normally when people think of an MVP, they think quarterback. Very rarely is an offensive lineman an MVP, if ever. While Patrick Mahomes is the league MVP, the hidden MVP of this squad is right tackle Mitchell Schwartz.

Mitchell Schwartz came over to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016 as an Unrestricted Free Agent after spending his first four seasons in Cleveland, where he was a second round pick. Schwartz, the brother of former Chiefs guard Geoff Schwartz, was considered one of the top Free Agents in 2016.

It also helped that he was graded as the number six tackle in his final season with the Browns and he was the first right tackle on that list. The Chiefs had had a revolving door at the position since John Alt played in Chiefs red, so this was a big get. Fans were just a little skeptical though because the last time the Chiefs landed a big time right tackle, Eric Winston, it didn’t turn out too well.

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 30: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs is congratulated by teammate Mitchell Schwartz #71 after throwing his fiftieth touchdown of the season during the third quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)

The Schwartz signing was a necessary evil though and one that was well worth the risk. The Chiefs needed a right tackle in the worst way, with incumbent Donald Stephenson playing inconsistently since he was drafted. It was one of the final pieces of the offensive line puzzle that then Chiefs general manager John Dorsey had been trying to solve.

Geoff Schwartz played one season with the Kansas City Chiefs. During that year, he spent a week serving as the scout team version of his brother, Cleveland Browns right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. Then Kansas City pass rusher Justin Houston was going through his normal routine at practice against the opposition’s right tackle. There was one change that week, however. Houston was not fulfilling his pass rush because he was afraid of his teammate giving tips to his younger brother.

Offensive tackle isn’t a priority for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2019 NFL Draft. The roster has two quality starting tackles in Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz.

Now might be a good time if general manager Brett Veach wants to find a developmental tackle who could be ready in two to three years when the contracts of the Chiefs’ current starting tackles expire.

The Chiefs appear to prefer long-armed, athletic athletes with excellent lateral quickness who project as solid zone blockers with an ability to pull into space and pass protection adequately on the offensive line.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Offensive tackle isn’t a priority for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2019 NFL Draft. The roster has two quality starting tackles in Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz.

Now might be a good time if general manager Brett Veach wants to find a developmental tackle who could be ready in two to three years when the contracts of the Chiefs’ current starting tackles expire.

The Chiefs appear to prefer long-armed, athletic athletes with excellent lateral quickness who project as solid zone blockers with an ability to pull into space and pass protection adequately on the offensive line.

Recent history suggests that the Chiefs tend to prioritize athletic ability over technique deficiencies.

Kansas City also hasn’t acquired many offensive linemen high in the the draft. The only recent first-round investment was No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher in 2013.

Former general manager John Dorsey acquired most of the remaining line through free agency or in the sixth round or later.

Veach picked up Cameron Erving in a trade last year, but he has made most offensive line additions through free agency. Here are some of the top fits at offensive tackle:Now: Austin Reiter, Nick Allegretti, Jimmy Murray, Cam Erving, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Kahlil McKenzie, Eric Fisher, Mitchell Schwartz, Andrew Wylie, Dino Boyd, Ryan Hunter, Pace Murphy and Justin Senior

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