Reviewing the Kansas City Chiefs' 6 Biggest Scouting Combine Takeaways

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2012

Reviewing the Kansas City Chiefs' 6 Biggest Scouting Combine Takeaways

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    Going into this year's NFL combine, the Kansas City Chiefs had their eyes on many prospects as they completed various skills and drills at Lucas Oil Stadium over the past several days.

    Just like any other year, there were many players who became workout warriors, while others failed to impress the many scouts from around the league that were on hand at the annual event.

    Here are KC's six biggest takeaways from the '12 NFL scouting combine.

Vick Ballard's Disappointing 40 Time

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    The Mississippi State star had a chance to really improve his draft stock with a solid combine.

    Unfortunately, he had a performance to forget at Lucas Oil Stadium.

    After falling down in his first 40-meter dash attempt, he ran an unimpressive 4.65 time in his second try.

    Needless to say, the Chiefs might choose to avoid selecting Vick Ballard if they opt to take a running back in April's draft.

Isaiah Pead's Blazing Speed

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    Going into the combine, there was already some buzz that the Chiefs were interested in Cincy's Isaiah Pead.

    Over the past few days, Pead showed everyone why he could be one of the more underrated backs in this year's draft class.

    The shifty RB was clocked at 4.47 for the 40-meter dash, which was good enough for the third best time that was turned in by running backs in Indianapolis.

    It was also good enough to raise his draft stock some, while like staying on KC's radar for at least a few more weeks.

Dontari Poe's Massive Strength

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    One of the best combine performances for this year belonged to Memphis DT Dontari Poe.

    Poe dominated the bench press, putting up an unbelievable 44 reps, which was eight more than the second-place finisher Mike Martin.

    He also turned in the sixth fastest 40 time for defensive tackles with an official time of 4.98.

    KC hasn't had a stud DT in the middle of their defensive line for years, and they could have one if they elect to go with the 6'5, 350 lb beast in the early rounds on draft day.

David Decastro's Solid Showing

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    Over the past couple months, many have mocked G David DeCastro to the Chiefs, including B/R's own Matt Miller.

    After this year's combine, it would be hard for Kansas City to be against this idea.

    DeCastro had one of the more impressive workouts out of any of the guards at the event, as he finished second in the bench press, first in the three-cone drill and third in the 20-yard shuttle.

    If this weekend's performance was any indication, the Stanford star appears to be the real deal and could be the stud LG that the Chiefs could plug into their OL for years if they want to take a guard in the first round of April's draft.

Luke Kuechly's Impressive Performance

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    Boston College's Luke Kuechly had a very productive performance in Indianapolis on Monday.

    He finished in the top five in every drill that he participated in except one.

    Kuechly had exactly the kind of workout that you would expect from arguably the top inside linebacker in this draft class.

    The Chiefs would love to pair him with Pro Bowl LB Derrick Johnson, but would they spend a first-round pick on a position that isn't one one of their top three needs?

Nick Foles' Rough Workout

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    Arizona Wildcat Nick Foles was being projected by some as a high second-round pick in April.

    However, he might be lucky to be picked by the third round after his rough time at the combine.

    Foles ran the slowest 40-time out of any of QB in the combine, as he posted an official time of 5.14, while struggling with his deep passes in drills as well.

    With many other middle-to-late round QB prospects in this year's draft, don't expect the Chiefs to be hot on Foles' trail anymore, especially after what they saw of him over the past few days.