Jan. 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Oregon Ducks wide receiver Josh Huff (1) against the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2013 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
We are less than two weeks away from the NFL combine, which means we are getting closer and closer to figuring out who the Kansas City Chiefs are going to select in the 2014 draft. For the next few days we are going to take a look at some of the guys who could play in to the Chiefs draft thoughts and therefore, should have your attention at the combine.
It is not out of the question the Chiefs will draft two wide receivers in the draft: one in the first round and another late in the draft. As a result, we’ll break the wide receivers into two parts to help cover all the bases.
This second part will look at some of the receivers the Chiefs may be targeting in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft.
Who are the guys to watch and what should we be watching for? Let’s find out.
1. Josh Huff
Watch to Watch: 40-Time, 3 Cone Drill, Height measurement
2013 Stats: 62 catches, 1,140 yards, 18.4 ypc, 12 touchdowns
Met with Chiefs: Yes
Huff is quickly moving up draft boards after his 2013 season and a productive Senior Bowl. Many think he is a lock to be drafted in the top 100 picks and could soar into the second round. This could become even more possible if he has a good combine.
The knocks against Huff are that he’s undersized and doesn’t possess elite speed or some other elite skill. If you watch Huff on the field, it is hard to think he doesn’t have great speed, so his 40-time is going to be interesting to watch. Posting under a 4.4, which is doable for him, may lock him in as a second or high third round pick.
Should he not post a sub-4.4 time then the three cone drill comes into play. Huff is going to have at least a 4.4 40-time, so if he can pair his speed with a seven-second cone drill then that too could get him in the second round.
Doing neither of those things drops him to around where the Chiefs will be drafting in the third and fourth round. This would be a good thing for the Chiefs as Huff is a solid route runner with good hands and good instincts, according to scouts. Huff isn’t a future number one receiver, but he could develop into a number two who can play both on the outside and in the slot.
Additionally, Huff has spent time on Oregon’s special teams units in both coverage and in the return game. This should help his draft stock and prevent him from falling too much further than the fourth round.