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10 most improved position groups in the 2021 NFL off-season

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#5 Offensive line – Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive line
Offensive line

I went full offensive line, because no team brought in two clear-cut improvements (or replacements in general) at tackle. I'm not sure there is a clear winner and where exactly which team would play all their guys.

However, I believe this is how the Chiefs' O-line at full strength could look like this upcoming season – LT Orlando Brown, LG Joe Thuney, C Creed Humphrey, RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and RT Kyle Long. I believe Long was at his best inside, but you can have two Pro Bowl-level guards in their natural positions and Humphrey plugged into center, replacing Austin Blythe, who is a solid player himself.

But I wouldn’t put up there with my top-ranked interior linemen in the draft, excluding Landon Dickerson due to injury concerns. And that makes Blythe a high-quality backup for those three interior spots, to go with a few other guys I liked quite a bit in the last few drafts.

If both their starting tackles and one of the inside guys got injured, like it was in the Super Bowl in February, I believe they could hang in there. But that is with the assumption that Mike Remmers might not be on the roster. However, that starting five has a chance to be top-five-ish in the league, boosting a run game that they couldn’t rely upon all the time and allowing Patrick Mahomes to step up, rather than routinely backing up or escaping outside.

Their offense should be even better because they can operate under more balance. They don’t have to formulate game plans where the ball has to come out in under two seconds, and they are certainly not as quarterback-reliant.

Notable Mentions: Los Angeles Chargers (Corey Linsley, Matt Feiler & Rashawn Slater)

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