Elijah Sullivan, LB/S, Kansas State
If the Chiefs want to keep someone local on Tuesday and check out the K-State pro day, then they’re likely going to see how well Elijah Sullivan works out with his measurables in terms of agility, strength, and top speed.
Sullivan has been a key player on the Wildcats defense for the last two seasons as a linebacker with solid coverage skills who has shown he make plays on the ball with 4 pass deflections and 2 interceptions over the last two years. He’s also been one of their most steady tacklers with 105 tackles in that span. He’s also shown a knack for plays in the backfield with 7.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks in his collegiate career.
He’s likely going to be a bit of a tweener on defense, but these days, positions are becoming blurrier as defenses are more specialized. Whether he’s playing as a safety or linebacker, Sullivan could eventually provide reps on defense in pass-heavy sub-packages. He’s also likely going to be a solid special teams player at the next level if given the chance.
For the Chiefs, these sorts of acquisitions help round out the roster every year (e.g. Ben Niemann, Marcus Kemp, etc.) and the team could use some help at linebacker especially. With Dan Sorensen and Damien Wilson hitting free agency, and Niemann becoming a restricted free agent, there’s room here for a developmental player to make his mark and grow into a larger role. Sullivan would have plenty of competition here, but a great pro day showing would go a long way toward making that dream come true.