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Five Things to Know About Chiefs Seventh-Round Pick OL C.J. Hanson

The Chiefs selected Hanson with the No. 248 overall pick on Saturday

The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up the 2024 NFL Draft by adding to their offensive line on Saturday by selecting former Holy Cross offensive lineman C.J. Hanson with the No. 248 overall pick.

Here are five things to know about the newest member of the offensive line.

1. Hanson started 38 games at right guard over the last four seasons.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Hanson appeared in 43 games at Holy Cross over the last four years, including 38 consecutive starts at right guard. He earned all-conference honors in both 2021 and 2022 before garnering FCS All-American recognition in 2023.

Hanson allowed just eight pressures (and zero sacks) on 321 pass-blocking snaps last season as a captain on one of the top offenses in the FCS. Here's more from the Patriot League’s website:

"Hanson started at right guard on an offensive line that ranked in the top 10 nationally in rushing offense (third, 264.2 yards per game), total offense (fourth, 466.6 yards per game) and scoring offense (sixth, 36.9 points per game)."

2. Here's what The Athletic's Dane Brugler wrote about him in his draft guide.

Dane Brugler, one of the top draft analysts in the business, wrote the following snippets about Hanson in his pre-draft guide:

"Hanson has the phone-booth quickness to maintain the integrity of the pocket when his hands and feet work in concert…He is a grappler in the run game who is constantly working to gain leverage…Overall, Hanson has functional movements and really focuses on the fundamental details of the position."

Brugler concluded that Hanson has the potential to develop into a contributor on the interior of the offensive line.

3. Hanson also worked at center during the pre-draft process.

Exclusively a guard during his career at Holy Cross, Hanson made an effort to show what he could do at center during the pre-draft process. Specifically, Dane Brugler reported that Hanson "worked overtime during the draft process to show his ability to snap the football."

The ability to play both guard and center is likely a prerequisite to earn a roster spot as a reserve interior lineman for Kansas City, and while Hanson didn't play both in college, it's a positive that he made it a focus over the last several months.

4. He was just the third player in Holy Cross history to receive a Combine invite.

Hanson was just the third player from Holy Cross to attend the Combine, and he proved that he belonged with a strong performance. Among offensive linemen in attendance, he posted testing that ranked fourth in the broad jump (nine feet, seven inches), sixth in the 40-yard dash (5.00 seconds) and seventh in the vertical jump (33.50 inches).

He's the first Holy Cross alum to be drafted since Rob McGovern in 1989.

5. Hanson is a native of Wyckoff, New Jersey.

The 23-year-old Hanson certainly defied the odds on his journey to the NFL. He didn't start for DePaul Catholic High School in New Jersey until his senior year, and due to his lack of experience, Hanson was a no-star recruit. Still, he earned a handful of FCS scholarship offers and eventually settled on Holy Cross, where he earned a full-time starting role two years later.

Hanson never relinquished his spot as a starter after securing it, and now all this time later, he's headed to the NFL as a member of the back-to-back defending champions.

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Holy Cross Offensive Lineman C.J. Hanson in the 7th Round (Pick 248) of the 2024 NFL Draft.

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