What are the Kansas City Chiefs planning on doing in the 2012 NFL Draft?
Recently Romeo Crennel had this to say:
You can never have enough speed on your team, enough pass rushers on your team. We’re always looking for corners, we’re always looking for pass rushers, we’re always looking for speed receivers.”
I thought with that in mind we’d look at players who would fit the description of speed receivers. And highlight speedy cornerbacks and pass rushers as well. The emphasis of what Crennell says seems to be on speed. Let’s start with cornerbacks.
Let’s start with speedy receivers because that’s what Crennel said.
I’ll say they don’t draft WR in the first two rounds and are looking from round three one. Here are some guys to consider.
Chris Givens, Wake Forest
A top 75 player on my board who is potentially available in round three. Givens is very nimble and shows real promises as a route runner. He ran a 4.41 forty yard dash at the combine
Travis Benjamin, Miami Hurricanes
4.36 forty yard dash. A smaller late round guy.
Tommy Streeter, Miami Hurricanes
Streeter is Darius Heyward Bey 2.0 to me. A guy who has one speed, really fast and coming into the N.F.L. runs really one route: the 9. Streeter is bigger (6’5″) and competes for the ball better than Bey does so he can come in and add a vertical element, but is two or three years away from being really productive. Streeter ran a 4.40 forty yard dash at the combine.
It’s not like I’m targeting the Hurricanes or anything, but when you mention the words “draft pick” and “speed” in the same sentences the Hurricanes come immediately to mind.
T.J. Graham 4.41 forty yard dash and also showed his explosion in the 3 cone drill running a 6.77. Graham though only put up 8 reps on the bench press. He’s undersized, but plays as fast on tape as anyone in the class. Here’s what Greg Cossell said about him this morning on twitter:
One of most intriguing prospects is Graham. Most vertically explosive WR in draft. Small frame, + limited understanding of route running.
— Greg Cosell (@gregcosell) March 31, 2012
I’m a fan of Graham and he’d be great in the fourth or fifth round.
There are more guys with speed they could consider:
Jarius Wright out of Arkansas is one. Chris Rainey out of Florida, but he’s basically Dexter McCluster so I don’t see that happening. And Fresno State Devon Wylie (pictured below) who is also undersized at 5’9 about a 19o pounds. Joe Adams out of Arkansas plays faster on tape than he timed.
South Dakota State WR Dale Moss ran a 4.45 forty yard dash at his proday, he measures in at 6’3 and 213 pounds. He’s a name to watch as a late 6th rounder.
Let’s move onto cornerbacks.
I don’t think there is any target in round one a cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs, however in rounds two or three there are some guys who deserve heavy consideration if they are looking for speedy guys.
Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
One of my favorite players and a guy who has been moving further and further up the draft boards. Gilmore has uncommon size and length and has the ability to play CB or Safety in the N.F.l. (did play some safety at South Carolina). Fluid and aggressive Gilmore is an ideal cornerback. He has really good, but sometimes inconsistent tape and will need to be coached up on his fundamentals and become a film room junkie to improve his instincts. The only player I think Chiefs might consider first round (still think they go elsewhere)
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