“Being in the driver’s seat, you get more people shaking your hand, saying hello and offering congratulations,” Crennel said of the differences in being a head coach versus a coordinator during Senior Bowl Week.
“So all of that is nice and good, but then you also have this tag on your bag that lets you go on the field if you want to. That’s a little added incentive right there and is nice.”
Iowa’s recent influx of talent on the Chiefs roster doesn’t quite reach LSU proportions – where the Chiefs used three consecutive first-round draft picks on LSU alums Dwayne Bowe, Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson from 2007-09 – but a significant connection between the Chiefs and Hawkeyes is beginning to build.
This year’s Senior Bowl is void of the Hawkeye many mock drafts have already penciled in as Kansas City’s first-round selection for 2012. Offensive tackle Riley Reiff is just a junior, making him ineligible to participate in this week’s all-star outing.
As various teams’ scouts and personnel are taking a closer look at the prospects available for the 2012 NFL Draft, it’s possible to get a read on who and what positions are interesting particular teams. Thus far at the Senior Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs have been linked with a running back and an offensive lineman.
Isaiah Pead, a running back from Cincinnati, and Johnnie Troutman, an offensive lineman from Penn State, drew the interest of Chiefs personnel yesterday at Senior Bowl practices for the North roster. Troutman in particular would help fill a need along the offensive line for more depth and youth in the interior. At 6-4, 314 lbs, he’s also got the size to match his gifts.