Kansas City Chiefs: NFL Combine Provides New Targets for 2014 NFL Draft
Kansas City Chiefs: NFL Combine Provides New Targets for 2014 Draft
The 2014 NFL Combine is officially over, and the Kansas City Chiefs were given plenty to think about. It’s now very clear that this May’s draft is going to be loaded with talent. It's too bad the Chiefs aren’t going to have as many picks as they would like.
They did the right thing by trading their second-round choice to the San Francisco 49ers for Alex Smith, but that pick has turned out to be more valuable than expected. With such a deep talent pool, Kansas City may want to explore some options for adding more picks. They could trade down with their first-round selection (No. 23 overall) or maybe even trade one of their players.
Despite somehow making the Pro Bowl, Brandon Flowers had one of his worst seasons with the team last year, and Tamba Hali will turn 31 during the season. Both players have huge contracts the Chiefs would like to dump, and the team could benefit in the long term if they can find a buyer.
Not only would they be able to build more for the future in this loaded draft, but they would have a lot more money to spend in free agency. Unfortunately, the Chiefs are not likely going to drop either one of them as they want to win now. Hali is still one of the best at his position, and Flowers could return to form. It seems extreme to sell such big name players, but this is an incredible year to build for the future.
If the Chiefs want more picks (and they do), it’s going to come at a price. With several outstanding showings at the combine, there are a lot of prospects on their radar now. If they don’t make a move for more selections, they’re going to wish they had. Let’s take a look at some players who made themselves targets for the Chiefs with great performances at the combine.
7. WR L’Damian Washington, Missouri Tigers
Washington could be a tremendous late-round sleeper for the Chiefs. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound wideout has an amazing combination of size and speed. He ran an impressive 4.46 in the 40 and also caught the ball well in drills.
6. OT Seantrel Henderson, Miami Hurricanes
With Branden Albert likely leaving town, the Chiefs need to add some depth to the offensive line. Currently expected to go in about the third or fourth round, Henderson could be a great upside play. The 6-foot-7, 330-pound monster proved his freakish athleticism at the combine, running a 5.03 in the 40.
5. WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU Tigers
Beckham was already on Kansas City’s radar, and his combine performance made him even more of a target. The 5-foot-11, 208-pounder tied for the third-fastest 40 among wide receivers and showed off his big hands (10-inches) by not dropping a single pass in his drills. Beckham is currently projected as a late first rounder, but the large amount of top-notch prospects and quality free agents available could make him drop a bit.
4. FS Brock Vereen, Minnesota Golden Gophers
Shane Vereen’s little brother was a big winner at the combine. He ran the second-fastest 40 among safeties and had the most reps on the bench press of all defensive backs. The Chiefs need to add some depth to the secondary with Kendrick Lewis likely on his way out. Vereen could be a great late-round selection with upside.
3. RB Henry Josey, Missouri Tigers
Kansas City doesn’t want to spend too early of a pick on a running back, but they do need a decent reserve. Current backup Knile Davis is injury-prone with questionable hands. Josey proved he could be the speedster Andy Reid likes with the third-fastest 40 among running backs. He was also fourth at his position in the 60-yard shuttle, fifth in the 20-yard shuttle and eighth in the bench press. His stock went way up after the combine, but he could still get overlooked and drop into the later rounds.
2. WR Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss Rebels
Moncrief is another receiver with a great combination of size and speed. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound wideout tied for the third-fastest 40 at his position, running a 4.40. He also had the third highest vertical jump (39.5-inches) and the longest broad jump (11-feet). He is an incredibly gifted athlete whose third to fourth round projection probably got a boost from the combine. The Chiefs would be foolish to pass up on Moncrief if he’s somehow still available when they select in the third round (No. 87 overall).
1. DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas Longhorns
With Tyson Jackson heading into free agency, the Chiefs need help at defensive end. Jeffcoat had arguably the best combine for a DE not named Jadeveon Clowney. He came up short on the bench press but landed in the top six in every other drill. The 6-foot-4, 254-pounder is currently viewed as a second round choice and could be a great selection if Kansas City trades down. The Chiefs have scored big drafting Longhorns in the past with Derrick Johnson and Jamaal Charles — it could be time to try their luck again.