IOL Darryl Williams an important UDFA addition for Kansas City Chiefs

This undrafted free agent could play an important role for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020 and beyond.

The Kansas City Chiefs certainly put together an interesting 2020 NFL Draft haul. It all began with the surprising selection of running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round. While the Chiefs certainly had bigger needs than running back, Edwards-Helaire is an absolutely perfect fit for their offense and will be a tremendous playmaker for Patrick Mahomes and company for many years.

They filled an important need when they took athletic linebacker Willie Gay in the second round and found incredible value with their third-round selection of offensive tackle Lucas Niang. The Chiefs probably needed to add more at the cornerback position in this draft class, but they undoubtedly found some great players who will help them compete in 2020 and beyond.

That being said, the Chiefs going the entire draft without adding a single interior offensive lineman was surprising. Perhaps Niang will move inside and make an impact for the team, but he only played tackle in college and seems best-suited at that position at the next level as well. The Chiefs have obvious holes on their interior offensive line and they seemed to ignore them in the 2020 NFL Draft.

That being said, they did make an undrafted free agent addition at the position that stands out as a possible big move. Darryl Williams was a three-year starter at Mississippi State who spent plenty of time at both center and guard for the Bulldogs. He was one of my favorite late-round players in the 2020 NFL Draft class and was undoubtedly one of the best players to go completely undrafted.

Rock-solid UDFA addition at an important position of need.

Nothing Williams does on the interior stands out as elite. However, he is a smart and physical football player who can get out in space and move a bit as well. He is relatively quick off of the ball and shows plenty of natural power at the point of attack. Williams shows great on-field awareness and should be able to handle any guard or center duties at the next level.

The Kansas City Chiefs already lack ideal depth on the interior offensive line and that is only going to get worse if they lose starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in free agency next offseason. This team is not exactly loaded with cap space and it is going to be extremely difficult to bring everybody back. Guys like Duvernay-Tardif could easily be cut loose and replaced with less expensive players.

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With this being the case, snagging Williams after the 2020 NFL Draft could end up being a key move for the Kansas City Chiefs. He is never going to be an elite-level NFL offensive lineman, but he is a rock-solid player who could quickly end up being a solid starter for the team. If nothing else, he should become an immediate depth piece for Kansas City who could come in and take snaps in case of an injury.

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