The Chiefs have continued to do their due diligence on defensive prospects, as they’ve scheduled several formal interviews with a number of linemen and linebackers at the NFL Combine, The Star has learned.
Linemen who have confirmed formal interviews with the Chiefs include: defensive end Jalyn Holmes of Ohio State, defensive end Duke Ejiofor of Wake Forest, defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd of Fort Hays State and defensive end Davin Bellamy of Georgia.
Linebackers who have confirmed formal interviews with the Chiefs include: inside linebacker Chris Covington of Indiana, outside linebacker Jeff Holland of Auburn and inside linebacker Dorian O’Daniel of Clemson.
In addition, outside linebacker James Hearns of Louisville and inside linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe of Western Kentucky each said they believed they would meet with the Chiefs formally this weekend.
There are 336 players at this year’s NFL Combine, and teams are given 60 formal interviews. These are essentially 15-minute sessions in which the player is brought to the team’s suite in Indianapolis and quizzed about a variety of subjects.
A year ago, the Chiefs formally interviewed quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs eventually traded up 17 spots to select Mahomes with the 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft. In 2016, the Chiefs formally met with defensive end Chris Jones at the NFL Combine, and he ended up being their first pick that year. And in 2015, they formally met with cornerback Marcus Peters at the NFL Combine.