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Potential 2021 Kansas City Chiefs draft prospects: Group 16

New Year’s day is one of the greatest days of college football every year. It features the New Year’s Six bowl games, including the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl college football playoff semifinals. That means a ton of the top prospects from across the country will be competing.

I’ve identified a number of college prospects to keep an eye on ahead of the 2021 draft. All of them are potential fits with the Kansas City Chiefs. I’ll be releasing my thoughts on many of the prospects in random groups of four on Saturday’s throughout the season.

Check out our sixteenth group of prospects down below:

Alabama OT Alex Leatherwood

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Listed at 6-6 and 310 pounds, Leatherwood is a mountain of a man with a ton of experience playing guard and tackle. He’s been the starting left tackle for the Crimson Tide since the 2019 season and has been regarded as one of the best players at the position ever since. He has a ton of starting experience too, with 38 consecutive starts dating back to the 2018 season.

Leatherwood’s strength is in pass protection. He’s got a smooth kick slide and uses his hands and size well. In 2018, he didn’t give up a single sack, which is tough to do in the SEC conference, especially as a young player. In the run game, Leatherwood plays through the whistle but he can hurt himself by playing too aggressively. His strength stands out, especially when he gets to the second level, he can bully linebackers with ease.

Protecting Patrick Mahomes needs to be a big priority moving forward. Having players with the versatility to play tackle and guard is a huge plus if you run into injuries like the Chiefs have dealt with in 2020.

Rose Bowl: Alabama vs. Notre Dame, Friday, Jan 1. at 3:00 p.m. CT on ESPN

Notre Dame DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji

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Ogundeji has been heralded as a late-bloomer for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, starting just 12 games in his career. He’s certainly turned some heads with his performances this season, earning both a starting job and recognition as a team captain. Listed at 6-4 and 270 pounds, the senior defensive end has racked up 5.5 sacks in nine games this season, leading the team in the statistic. He has the strength, size and length to play base end and shift inside on passing downs if necessary.

One thing that impresses me most about Ogundeji is that he’s hyper-aware of where the football is. He has a penchant for forcing the ball out when he makes a tackle, either swiping at the football or knocking it out with sheer force. So far he has six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries and I anticipate he’ll get even better at forcing the football out at the next level.

The Chiefs only have Mike Danna and Frank Clark under contract beyond the 2020 NFL season. They’ll need to find some under-the-radar types of players in this draft class to supplement that group in 2021 and beyond.

Rose Bowl: Alabama vs. Notre Dame, Friday, Jan 1. at 3:00 p.m. CT on ESPN

Ohio State OL Josh Myers

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A little bit more underrated than draft-eligible teammates Wyatt Davis and Thayer Munford, Myers is a stalwart center who has used the 2020 season to build upon his breakout 2019 campaign. A protector and people-mover on the interior, Myers has established himself as the leader along the Buckeyes line.

Myers has intriguing size at 6-5 and 312 pounds which is unique for a center and reminiscent of former Chiefs center Mitch Morse. He’s an easy-mover considering his size, showing great lateral quickness and balance. It shows up often when he is combo-blocking with teammates and getting to second-level blocks.

Kansas City is in need of adding a center to learn and grow in this offense. Austin Reiter has been a good placeholder for the past few years, but it feels like the Chiefs can do better if they make it a priority during the draft.

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State, Friday, Jan 1. at 7:00 p.m. CT on ESPN

Clemson WR Cornell Powell

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After Clemson lost Justyn Ross for the year, the outlook was rather bleak for the receiving corp at Clemson. After a few years as nothing more than a role player, Powell emerged as a legitimate receiving threat in the Clemson offense. In 11 games played with the Tigers this year, Powell has 45 receptions for 743 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 16.5 yards per reception.

Listed at 6-foot and 210 pounds, Powell isn’t quite the speedster that his teammate Amari Rodgers is, but he also isn’t slow by any means. He has the speed and route-running prowess to beat defenders deep, but he is also elusive and quick on shorter throws. He plays well against physicality, both in coverage and after the catch, fighting for extra yards and bouncing off of would-be tacklers.

The Chiefs could be in the market for receiver help with players like Demarcus Robinson, Byron Pringle and Sammy Watkins set to become free agents. Powell is someone who could be had in the middle-to-late rounds that will surprise with his NFL preparedness.

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State, Friday, Jan 1. at 7:00 p.m. CT on ESPN

Find our entire prospect series below:

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