2012 Senior Bowl: 10 Players Kansas City Chiefs Fans Should Watch

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent IJanuary 26, 2012

2012 Senior Bowl: 10 Players Kansas City Chiefs Fans Should Watch

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    Every year, football fans everywhere watch the Senior Bowl in hopes of seeing some of their favorite collegiate players compete in one last game before they enter the NFL.

    This game can also go a long way in the rise or fall of many NFL prospects' draft stock.

    Here are 10 prospects Kansas City Chiefs fans need to watch for in this game.

Emmanuel Acho: ILB, Texas

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    Emmanuel Acho is one of the most talented ILB prospects in this year's draft class.

    Last season, he had a career year by picking up 110 tackles and three sacks in his senior season at Texas.

    He's a very instinctive linebacker and is also a fierce hitter from his position as well.

    Acho is one of many defensive playmakers who will be on display in Saturday's game.

Vick Ballard: RB, Mississippi State

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    As one of three RBs Chiefs fans should look out for this weekend, Mississippi State's Vick Ballard could possibly be the best one.

    Last season, Ballard rushed for 1,189 yards and 10 touchdowns in a senior season that saw him rack up six games of 100-plus yards on the ground.

    He's a physical runner and would be a perfect complement to star RB Jamaal Charles if Kansas City was to select him on draft day.

    First, we will have to see how he does in the Senior Bowl.

Michael Egnew: TE, Missouri

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    Tight end prospect Michael Egnew is a name all Chiefs fans should keep an eye on as we inch closer to April's draft.

    The University of Missouri product will be one of the better pass-catching TEs who will be on display this weekend.

    At 6'6" and 245 lbs, he has the size and also the athletic ability to really create a lot of mismatches at the next level.

    He's currently projected to be selected in the middle rounds of the draft, but a solid game on Saturday could really improve his stock in the coming weeks.

Nick Foles: QB, Arizona

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    In a mock draft that I did earlier this month, I actually predicted the Chiefs would pick Arizona QB Nick Foles in the second round.

    He has the size, arm, accuracy and football IQ any GM would want out of their franchise quarterback.

    Now, it's time to see how he will do against a good defense on Saturday—one that will be much better than many of the defenses that he played in the Pac-12 conference this past season.

    If Foles performs well in this game, it could give Chiefs fans something to hope for on draft day.

Terrance Ganaway: RB, Baylor

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    Baylor's Terrance Ganaway really made a name for himself last year after a huge senior season.

    He led the Big 12 in rushing with 1,547 yards on the ground and also added 21 touchdowns to his season totals.

    Even though he's 6'0" and 240 lbs, Ganaway possesses deceptive speed for a running back.

    Chiefs fans should be on high alert for this kid on Saturday, as they could very well be watching a star RB in the making.

Zebrie Sanders: OT, Florida State

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    Florida State's Zebrie Sanders could be the best right tackle in this year's draft class.

    In his Seminole career, he started 36 consecutive games at that position and played very well during that span.

    Even though he's a bit undersized to play tackle at the NFL at just 307 lbs, his strength and athletic ability should create a smooth transition to the next level for the former All-ACC pick.

    It will be interesting to see how Sanders performs this weekend in Mobile.

Audie Cole: ILB, NC State

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    Cole is one of the best inside linebackers to ever come out of the NC State football program.

    During his college days, he racked up 276 combined tackles and 14 sacks in his career for the Wolfpack.

    He's clearly a tackling machine at the ILB position and could be a steal in the draft if he isn't taken by the end of the third round.

    That being said, he will have to prove it when he squares off against other capable NFL prospects on Saturday afternoon in Alabama.

Mike Adams: OT, Ohio State

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    Mike Adams is arguably the most versatile OT prospect in the '12 rookie class.

    He played mainly at left tackle in college but currently projects as a left or right tackle in the next level.

    He already possesses NFL size at 6'7", 323 lbs, and he's talented enough to be picked by the second round of April's draft.

    The only two questions Chiefs fans should have about him right now should be about some character issues and how he will do in the Senior Bowl this weekend.

Chris Polk: RB, Washington

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    RB Chris Polk makes the cut as one of two Washington Huskies on this list.

    Polk is a very underrated back who has been one of the better players at his position during his last three years of college.

    During that span, he rushed for over 4,000 yards and scored 26 touchdowns for the purple and gold.

    Like the other two running backs in this article, Chiefs fans should keep a watchful eye on Polk and how he plays in this year's Senior Bowl.

Alameda Ta'amu: DT, Washington

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    One of the top DT prospects that will be showcased in this game will be Washington's Alameda Ta'amu.

    The Kent, Washington native is massive at 6'3", 337 lbs and should get many looks from teams this weekend due to solid defensive tackles being a premium in today's NFL.

    Ta'amu might be a great fit in the middle of the Chiefs' defensive line for years to come.

    The Senior Bowl should be a good test to see how he stacks up against solid competition.