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Draft spotlight: Emporia State safety Lyndell Johnson

Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders caught a pass in front of Oklahoma State safety Lyndell Johnson in a game in 2013.
Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders caught a pass in front of Oklahoma State safety Lyndell Johnson in a game in 2013. The Associated Press

I just got back from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, where I basically spent a week interviewing top prospects, watching tape and talking to league people. I came away with a great deal of material for upcoming stories, too, so make sure you stay tuned for that.

But what happens to the prospects who don’t get invited to the Combine? They don’t just go by the wayside. True scouts, as Chiefs general manager John Dorsey would put it, don’t just look at the top guys; they’re willing to scour all over the country for under-the-radar prospects.

That mentality is how the Chiefs ended up with Albert Wilson, a potential contributor who went undrafted last season out of Georgia State, and why I’m introducing what I hope is regular occurrence on the blog as we approach to the draft: The Star’s NFL Draft Small College Spotlight.

You can find film of the top prospects on the excellent draftbreakdown.com, so anybody looking to dork out can simply go there to breakdown prospect. But the purpose of this feature is to highlight small-school and under-the-radar guys who show glimpses of potential and might vaguely fit what the Chiefs do.

We’ll kick off this series with Emporia State free safety Lyndell Johnson, largely because we’ve got a rare all-22 compilation of some of his best plays. Johnson is massive at 6 feet 3, 215 pounds, and (without the benefit of a full game tape), he looks like he has good athleticism for a box safety.

Johnson began his career at Oklahoma State and had 54 tackles in 2013 as a part time starter, but was dismissed last spring for “personal reasons,” according to coach Mike Gundy. He finished this year with 66 tackles (7 1/2 for loss), two interceptions, four pass breakups and six pass deflections.

So what say you, Chiefs fans?

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TerezPaylor.

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