For two years in a row the draft experts had the Chiefs strongly considering taking an offensive tackle with their first round pick. Now two years in a row the Chiefs did not take an offensive tackle at any point in the draft. Last year it was Russell Okung, the tackle from Oklahoma State they predicted over Eric Berry. This year it was Nate Solder of Colorado, Anthony Castonzo of Boston College, or Gabe Carimi of Wisconsin predicted over our pick of Jon Baldwin, the wide receiver from the University of Pittsburgh.
Scott Pioli has not been shy about taking players or coaches that he is familiar with from his time in New England. The trade for Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel comes to mind, bringing Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis onto the staff last season gave the Chiefs a couple of Superbowl Champion-Coordinators that brought more of a New England feel to Kansas City. So when a New England Patriots player is rumored to hit the open market, and that player just so happens to play a position that we are rumored to be in the market for, when that happens the interest is substantiated.
That player right now is Matt Light. The former Pro-Bowl left tackle for the New England Patriots could hit the open market and the possibility is already picking up steam that he would be a good fit with the Chiefs. The fact that the Chiefs have not taken a tackle in the last two years has given support to the idea that they like their current tackles, Branden Albert and Barry Richardson. But a team can never have enough good players, especially on the offensive line and Matt Light is a good player. Obviously some players might have to move positions in order for this move to make sense. There is the thought of "If it's not broke, don't fix it" in regards to an offensive line that paved the way for our running backs to lead the NFL in rushing last season.
The Chiefs do need some depth on the offensive line heading into next season, specifically offensive tackle. Considering the need for the position and the fact that the Chiefs did not draft an offensive tackle, it's very possible that the Chiefs could be in the market for Light whenever free agency begins.