We are about to get our first taste of Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid’s draft prospects.
The practices for the East-West Shrine College All-Star game are underway. Our friends at Walter Football are providing daily practice reports and more importantly, the skinny on which players met with which teams.
According to Walter, the Chiefs met with to wide receivers and a kicker:
Kansas City – Iowa wide receiver Keenan Davis, Portland State kicker Zach Brown, Mount Union wide receiver Jasper Collins
These are the first official names connected with the Chiefs this draft season.
I refuse to do this every time we do one of these posts this offseason, so I am just going to say this once. It is important not to read too much into the players the Chiefs are meeting with. As we’ve seen in years past, sometimes they don’t take any of the players they meet with and sometimes they do. Once draft day gets here, everything we know pretty much goes out the window.
That being said, I always like to pay attention to the positions played by the guys the Chiefs interview to see if they are looking at one group more than others. That can maybe give us an idea of where the coaching staff thinks the team’s weaknesses are.
Let’s take a look at these three, shall we?
Keenan Davis, WR, Iowa:
Davis is listed at 6-2, 215. He is a senior. NFL Draft Scout rates him as the 32nd best WR prospect in this year’s draft. He can reportedly run in the 4.4-4.59 range in the 40. He had 112 receptions for 1,470 yards and seven touchdowns while at Iowa.
Here is some film:
Jasper Collins, WR, Mount Union College:
Collins is listed at 5-11, 190 and comes from D3 Mount Union College in Ohio. They are a small school but Mount Union has been dominating D3 football for years and is beginning to turn out NFL talent on a regular basis. Cecil Shorts III, who I really wanted the Chiefs to draft, played at Mount Union. Pierre Garcon also played there.
NFL Draft Scout ranks Collins as the #18 WR in this draft and has his stock on the rise. He reportedly runs in the 4.42-4.64 range in the 40.
Collins is a small, quick receiver, the type that Andy Reid covets for his west coast offense.
Here is Jasper returning a punt:
Zach Brown, K, Portland State:
It never hurts to have a couple of kickers on speed dial in the NFL. Everyone takes the kicker for granted until they no longer have one. NFL Draft Scout ranks Brown as the fourth best kicker in this draft.
He his over 88% of his FGs in 2011. Last year he was injured and missed five games. He has a strong leg and can kick from 50 yards out.
Here is some film on Brown, who is an All-American: