Greetings from Lucas Oil Stadium, where the weeklong madness known as the annual NFL Combine has begun. I’ll have plenty of dispatches from the proceedings today, so be sure to check this space regularly for updates.
3 p.m. — Utah outside linebacker Nate Orchard told me he has a formal interview scheduled with the Chiefs tonight. Orchard, who is listed at 6 feet 4 and 250 pounds, is one of my fastest risers in the draft. I really liked his speed off the edge at the Senior Bowl, which matched up with his impressive 18.5-sack senior season. I don’t think the Chiefs would take him in the first round (where I currently expect him to go), but I do like the talent and would sign off on the pick in the second round.
2:55 p.m. — Kentucky outside linebacker Alvin “Bud” Dupree just told me he recently had a formal interview with the Chiefs. I like Dupree enough as a prospect — he flashes the ability to play a little 4-3 end and 3-4 outside linebacker — but I’d currently put him behind Shane Ray, Dante Fowler, Randy Gregory and Nate Orchard. Again, I don’t think he’s an option with the 18th overall pick but you can never have enough pass rushers, so if he somehow fell to the second round I’d get the pick.
2:35 p.m. — Missouri offensive lineman Mitch Morse put up some impressive numbers after missing the Senior Bowl because of an injury.
11:22 a.m. — It’s been a fairly quiet afternoon in the media room here at the Combine, but things should start picking up here pretty soon. I do have one piece of news, however; I’m hearing the Chiefs have met with the representatives for safety Ron Parker, which isn’t a surprise. But I’m told Parker, a pending free agent, is still expected to ask for $6 million a season. The Chiefs won’t go to that number, but don’t freak out about the price; like any negotiation, there’s probably some middle ground to be found here.
11:57 a.m. — Miami offensive tackle Ereck Flowers said the Chiefs held a formal interview with him Thursday night. Flowers, who checks in at 6-6, 330 and pumped out 37 reps on the bench press, is a potential first-round pick who flashes some nastiness. If the Chiefs believe in his talent and want insurance for Eric Fisher and Donald Stephenson, he could be an option at No. 18.