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Friday, June 27, 2014
Rookie review: OL Zach Fulton

By Adam Teicher

Today we’re continuing a series looking at the six 2014 draft picks of the Kansas City Chiefs. We’ll look at how they fared in offseason practice and what the Chiefs can reasonably expect from them as rookies.

Sixth round: OL Zach Fulton

Offseason: Fulton worked mostly at guard on the right side, where the Chiefs have yet to select a starter. Fulton received some of the work with the first team at that position as part of a rotation that also included Rishaw Johnson and Jeff Linkenbach.

Expectations: Fulton’s readiness to play, even as a backup, is difficult to gauge because linemen need to be in pads in order to make the best evaluation. But it’s clear the Chiefs think he might be ready to make an immediate contribution. He’s a strong contender to be the starter at right guard. The Chiefs wouldn’t waste first-team snaps on Fulton if they didn’t think he had skills worth developing.

Quote: "I’ve seen Zach for four years now so I know enough about him. He is a big, strong man. He’s very physical, plays the game hard. I think he’s a ready pro, should fit in pretty quickly. We have very good offensive line coaches, he’ll fit what they do and they’ll make him an even better professional." -- Chiefs scout Pat Sperduto.