Why the quarterback is so vital to the Chiefs 2017 draft
By John McCarty
4th round (132nd) – Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State
Local kid (Blue Springs high school and Kansas State University) is a really athletic and instinctive linebacker that really needs to put on weight. Will be curious to see just what he weighs in during his pro day, as he’s listed at 233. At his best when he can flow and attack, Lee also displays comfort and talent to play in space and cover on pass plays. Point of attack/taking on blocks is not a strength and will need to be addressed for him to develop into an every down player.
5th round (170th) – Stacy Coley, WR, Miami (FL)
Athletic receiver needs a year or two of refinement to develop his consistency with his routes and hands. Has some quickness and speed to his game, reminds me of a less refined, less physical version of Jeremy Maclin coming out. Certainly looks the part of a wide receiver. Was often used off the line to avoid being jammed. The more I watch Coley, the less I like his quarterback Brad Kaaya. Has experience playing special teams.
5th round (180th ) – Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
Another guy that I’m not sure will still be on the board. At this point, teams can start doing interesting things on draft day, so it’s hard to say where he lands. Far more of an athlete then a pure tackle at this point coming from the small school of Bucknell, Davenport could be the next swing lineman for a couple of seasons and provide solid depth.
6th round (216th) – Ejuan Price, OLB, Pittsburgh
Undersized pass rusher, but has a burst and can provide depth, especially at pass rusher, with the defense. Can make plays in the backfield against both the run and the pass. Health and avoiding injuries has been an issue for Price in the past, as he’s missed numerous games. May never be big enough to be a complete, every down linebacker, but certainly appears on film to have enough burst to be a pass rusher.
6 (218) Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar
Former wide receiver at Georgia transferred to Lamar and switched positions. Developmental prospect did appear in the Senior Bowl and had his moments, though he’s a long way off. Could really provide depth on special teams in all phases, as well as offering an interesting blend of athleticism and potential to develop for down the road.
7 (245) Justin Vogel, P, Miami (FL)
As was mentioned earlier, moving on from Colquitt may be an idea the Chiefs need to do, especially if they can get a draft pick, either this year or next in return. Vogel may very well get drafted this year, and thus, may not be on the board when the Chiefs select in at this spot. Averaged just under 44 yards a punt this past season at Miami according to ESPN.