The Kansas City Chiefs have added linebacker Quan Sturdivant to their practice squad. Sturdivant was a sixth-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2011. The report comes from Aaron Wilson.
The Chiefs worked out Sturdivant before the draft that year. At the time, it was looking like the former North Carolina Tar Heel would go somewhere in the second or third round.
According to NFL Draft Scout, Sturdivant is the second best ILB in the draft and they are projecting him to be taken somewhere in the 2nd or 3rd rounds.
Sturdivant is listed at 6-1, 241. He had a monster sophomore season at North Carolina, recording 122 tackles, two sacks, two picks and a forced fumble. Last year, Sturdivant missed five games with a hamstring injury but still recorded 61 tackles with 8.5 for a loss. His last play in college he intercepted a Tennessee pass int he second OT of the Music City Bowl.
The thing that stuck out to me in the scouting reports I read on Sturdivant were his athleticism and coverage ability. The scouts seem to think he has the speed to stick to tight ends and that he excels in zone coverage, reading QB’s well.
The knocks on him are that he needs to work on his tackling a bit, often going to high an dnot driving through the ball carrier. He wasn’t asked to rush the passer a lot and needs to work on his pass rushing moves, particularly if he is going to play OLB in a 4-3 defense. If the Chiefs were to take him, his pass rushing skills from the middle wouldn’t be as important as they are more than likely to prefer sending the athletic Derrick Johnson anyway.
The Chiefs recently released special teamer Bryan Kehl.
While I am all for developing talent, this move isn’t likely to make much of an impact in KC. As we know, big changes are coming, likely to the front office. That means the new regime will have totally different opinions on the roster and practice squad talent.