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Chiefs work out small-college cornerback Keith Lewis

04/14/2014 2:29 PM

04/14/2014 2:30 PM

The Chiefs conducted a private on-campus workout with Virginia University of Lynchburg cornerback Keith Lewis on Monday, and apparently it went so well Lewis felt compelled to tweet about it.

“Great Private workout with the #KansasCity #Chiefs #ChiefsNation,” he wrote on his Twitter account,



Lewis, who is listed at 5 feet 11 and 194 pounds, visited the Oakland Raiders last week.

At his pro day in March, Lewis ran a 4.45 40-yard dash, bench-pressed 225 pounds 14 times and posted a vertical jump of 31 inches. His 2013 season statistics are not posted on the school’s website, but in 2012, he recorded 29 tackles with two interceptions, six pass breakups and eight passes defensed.

The road to the Super Bowl in the AFC West starts with beating Denver and quarterback Peyton Manning, so it’s no surprise the Chiefs are digging everywhere for cornerback help. So if the Chiefs don’t address cornerback early in the draft, they might just do so late.

As it stands, the Chiefs return four of their top five cornerbacks from last season in Brandon Flowers, Sean Smith, Marcus Cooper and Ron Parker. The unit as a whole struggled the second half of the year as Flowers dealt with injuries, Cooper hit the rookie wall and Smith battled to be more consistent. Parker flashed potential in his limited opportunities but it remains to be seen if he can perform in a full-time role.

Draft buzz

I’m hearing former Mizzou DE Kony Ealy is a busy man these days. A person with knowledge of the situation told me Ealy is in the midst of a two-week period in which he’s meeting with seven teams.

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