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Chiefs interview several players, plus other Senior Bowl observations


01/21/2014 1:07 AM

05/16/2014 11:23 AM

On Monday, a number of Senior Bowl prospects said they had been interviewed by the Chiefs.

That list includes (but is certainly not limited to): Oregon receiver Josh Huff, Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Utah cornerback Keith McGill, Georgia Tech outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, Florida State safety Terrence Brooks, Tennessee offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James and North Dakota State offensive tackle Billy Turner. Meanwhile, BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy and San Jose State quarterback David Fales said they had interviews with the Chiefs scheduled for the near future.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s hard to figure out how much any of this matters — it’s possible the Chiefs could be interviewing most of the players in attendance. But it’s interesting that these players, who all fit the physical profile of what the Chiefs are believed to be targeting at those specific positions, are the ones who have been interviewed, while several other good players I talked to who don’t — like Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton, Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Florida State center Bryan Stork and Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith — simply weren’t.

A few other talented players who said they haven’t met with the Chiefs yet include Auburn defensive end Dee Ford, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam and Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward.

Other Senior Bowl musings:

*McGill is a really intriguing prospect. Dude is 6 feet 3 and 205 pounds and is basically a clone of Sean Smith; both are huge corners who went to Utah and are coverted receivers. The fact the Chiefs spoke to McGill and Jean-Baptiste tells me their preference for big corners isn’t changing any time soon.

*Ford is a pretty goofy kid. He seemed to be having a good time with the same incessant questions. He wore a giant beaded necklace during his media interviews Monday night and was quick to crack a joke. I’d almost say he bordered on the edge of being


goofy, though I suspect I’d also be doing whatever I could to stay positive if a million reporters asked me the same questions in rapid succession for an hour and a half.

*Turner told me the Chiefs talked to him about playing guard, and I’ve gotta be honest, I’m intrigued. Without seeing any film of the guy, he’s certainly an athletic player for his size, someone I can imagine running the Chiefs’ zone-blocking schemes. Looking forward to doing some film work on him.

*Chiefs general manager John Dorsey appeared at the South team’s practice and watched the 1-on-1 battles between the linemen and the 1-on-1 battles between the receivers and corners quite intently. There probably isn’t much to read into there, other than the fact Dorsey enjoys the scouting aspect of his job.

*Tulane receiver Ryan Grant isn’t getting much love, but I thought he had a nice day Monday. The secondary really struggled to stay with him.

*On the other side of the spectrum, I’m going to be really interested to see how well Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews runs. The kid is a pro and his intangibles are off the charts —

scouts already love him for that

— but he struggled to create separation at times on Monday and I worry about his ability to get open in the pros, though it’s hard to imagine him being anything less than a productive possession receiver.

*I’m probably among the last Will Sutton fans after his poor weigh-in — the guy stands 6 feet and checked in at 316 pounds — but I still like his potential as a pass rusher. He’s an intriguing option as a 4-3 three-technique defensive tackle and could even generate some pressure in a 3-4 if you allowed him to attack the gaps on passing downs, but he really needs to get down to 290 or so. I saw him kick Missouri’s butt in 2012 when he was listed at 267 pounds, so I don’t think he needs all that added weight at all.

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