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Chiefs Move Back into Round One; Take Guard Albert

Albert

The Chiefs had stock-piled picks in the 2008 draft, and used them on Saturday to move back in the first-round of the draft and take guard Brandon Albert with the 15h pick of the draft. He is a bit undersized, but at the same time, has that first-round ability and showed enough in workouts to garner the pick. The Chiefs really needed to rebuld their O-line, and this was a good move for a team that needs to keep getting young.

Here is a scouting report on Albert from NFLdraftcountdown.com

Strengths:
Excellent size with a big frame and long arms…Fantastic athlete…Good quickness and agility…Strong and physical…Is nasty with a killer instinct…Mobile with decent range to pull and get to the second level…Smart with good awareness…Excellent pass blocker and also gets a decent push in the run game…Real versatile..Leader with great intangibles…Tough and durable..Still improving and has a lot of upside.

Weaknesses:
Still has some work to do in the technique department…Can be inconsistent with his leverage…Motor runs hot and cold at times..Not a dominant run blocker…Has to work on holding his blocks and finishing….He is still relatively new to the game.

Notes:
Did not begin playing football until his junior year of high school in 2002..Was also a standout basketball player as a prep…Stepped in as a true freshman and was a three-year starter for the Cavs ( 36 games )…Named a team captain as a junior in 2007…He started a couple of games at left tackle as a junior in place of an injured Eugene Monroe and could possibly play outside at the pro level as well…First-rate talent with exceptional physical tools….Already a great all-around player however his best days are still ahead…The rare offensive guard who is a legit first rounder.

And here is ESPN’s take on Albert:

Albert lined up at guard for most of his college career, which is a concern because the Chiefs will likely play him at tackle. However, he has great athletic ability for his size, solid footwork and moves well in open space. But he does struggle to adjust when tracking moving targets on the second level. Also, Albert plays with an attitude and brings a nasty streak to the field, and he does a great job of finishing. All that being said, a Chiefs team that had several needs coming into the draft has done an excellent job of improving its lines on both sides of the ball.


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