Mel Kiper mock draft 2.0: Chiefs take their left tackle of the future

ESPN NFL college/draft analyst Mel Kiper released version 2.0 of his 2021 mock draft on Thursday. Kiper has been covering the NFL Draft for ESPN since 1984, and he noted that this mock draft was the first in his history to include trades — and he had three of them, at No. 2 (Falcons trade-up), No. 7 (49ers trade-up) and No. 9 (Patriots trade-up).

At the No. 31 draft position, Kiper sent an offensive tackle to the Kansas City Chiefs.

31. Kansas City Chiefs: Walker Little, OT, Stanford

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This might be a new name for some, but Little made my preseason Big Board all the way back in August of 2019. That was ahead of the 2020 draft. Then he injured his knee in the season opener and missed the rest of that season and opted out of 2020, so he hasn’t played much football since. I called Little more of a finesse tackle in 2019, but he has a great frame (6—7, 315 pounds) and can move his feet. He started as a true freshman at Stanford. There is some projection here, but Little has some great tape from 2017 and 2018. Scouts will be able to see him up close at his pro day next month. And if you watched Patrick Mahomes run for his life in Super Bowl LV, you know the Chiefs could use a tackle.

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