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Which Senior Bowl standouts can help the Chiefs?

01/26/2014 1:42 AM

01/30/2014 1:52 PM

So the Senior Bowl game took place Saturday, which you may or may not have noticed. If you didn't, the South squad won 20-10 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

But the game itself wasn't nearly as important as the practices, which were held earlier this week. For about three days, the entire National Football League essentially gathered to meet, greet and conduct business while evaluating most of the top seniors in the country.

For the players in attendance, this meant the practices were perhaps more important than the actual game, which made the awards handed out at the annual Player's Banquet a few days ago ― which are voted on by a panel of NFL scouts and executives and based entirely on practice performances ― a fairly big deal.

Want proof? Well, look no further than Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher for proof. Fisher won the most outstanding overall player award last year, and went on to be taken first overall in the 2013 draft. That likely won't happen to this year's recipient of the award, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, because he lacks ideal size at 6 feet and weighed 288 pounds.

But after watching Donald dominate a vast array of offensive linemen over the course of three days, there's little doubt he deserved this years award.

Donald is a very explosive defensive tackle," said Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, who coached Donald's North team this week. "He's short in stature by NFL standards and doesn't maybe have all the measurables, but he's done a very nice job both in the running and the pass game.

Here's my take on Donald and the other award winners, and whether any of them would be a fit with the Chiefs.


Most Outstanding Overall Player: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh