The Chiefs offensive line has been one of the major reasons the team has gotten off to such a good start. Will that continue if Ryan Lilja cannot play because of injury, and he’s replaced by rookie Jon Asamoah?
“Jon’s got a bunch of reps through the pre-season and regular season,” said Haley, who would not provide any more details into just who will play at right guard against the Bills on Sunday. “He gets consistent reps along with other guys who aren’t in there. Whoever is playing should be prepared. That’s our job.
“As far as having a young offensive lineman that has come in here and looks like he knows what to do and how to do it, I feel very comfortable with Jon up to this point.”
The Chiefs offensive line is one of only two groups among the 32 NFL teams where the majority of the starters are not draft choices. Like the Chiefs, Cincinnati has three blockers in their first group that were not drafted.
In breaking down the NFL offensive lines, there are some interesting tidbits about how these groups are built:Â Â
- There are 15 teams that have starters who were all drafted into the NFL â€“ Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle and Tennessee.
- Only four of those 15 teams drafted all five starters themselves â€“ Carolina, Green Bay, Jacksonville and San Francisco.
- The team that has made the biggest investment in the offensive line with their own draft choices â€“ San Francisco. The 49ers have three first-round picks and a pair of second-round selections in the starting lineup.
- Left tackle is where teams use high-round choices to fill the position. Of the 32 starters, half are first round picks, including Chiefs LT Branden Albert. Another six were selected in the second round. Only one starter at the position was not drafted â€“ Tampa Bay’s Donald Penn, who came into the league as a college free agent with Minnesota in 2006.
- The second position on the line that’s filled more often with draft choices is right tackle, where 29 of 32 were selected, including Chiefs RT Barry Richardson.
- At the other spots, 26 of the starting centers were drafted, 25 of the left guards and 23 of the right guards.