Stock Up, Stock Down for Every Kansas City Chiefs-Drafted Rookie After Minicamp

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent IMay 23, 2012

Stock Up, Stock Down for Every Kansas City Chiefs-Drafted Rookie After Minicamp

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    Earlier this month, the Kansas City Chiefs and other teams around the NFL held their annual rookie mini-camps.

    Like any other year, there were some players that impressed and some players that weren't able to make a good first impression.

    Read on to find out which new Chiefs' draft picks saw their stock rise or fall during mini-camp this year.

DT Dontari Poe: Stock Up

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    Dontari Poe will easily be the most scrutinized pick out of the Chiefs' draft class from this year.

    In his first rookie mini-camp, Poe impressed enough to have his stock rise as we continue into organized team activities this week.

    Of course, the former Memphis star has only begun his NFL career and will need to continue to get better with every practice before he will be a dominating player in the league.

DT Jerome Long: Stock Down

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    Former San Diego State star Jerome Long made this list not because of his performance in the mini-camp, but because of the amount of time that he missed.

    Long suffered an injury on Friday that caused him to miss some of that practice and was also absent on Sunday due to graduation.

    Although his first mini-camp might not hurt him much in the long run, it certainly didn't do anything to add to his stock in the short term.

OG Jeff Allen: Stock Up

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    Jeff Allen could very well be the left guard of the future for this franchise.

    He has already drawn comparisons to former University of Illinois teammate Jon Asamoah, and he impressed KC head coach Romeo Crennel in his short stay at his rookie mini-camp this year.

    Although he missed Saturday's session because of graduation, expect Allen to be a mainstay at the rest of the OTAs throughout the summer, as he should continue to get better with each practice.

WR Junior Hemingway: Stock Down

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    Junior Hemingway was viewed at by some as a seventh-round steal for the Chiefs in this draft.

    However, he isn't exactly proving that yet after an underachieving rookie mini-camp where he failed to stand out in any asset of his game.

    He will need to step it up in OTAs if he wants to be one of the final wideouts to make this final roster in September.

WR Devon Wylie: Stock Up

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    In all honesty, I don't have too much to say about fourth-round pick Devon Wylie's performance at mini-camp.

    On one hand, it wasn't anything spectacular, but he did showcase his speed.

    As long as he continues to stay healthy and see more action in practice, his stock is only going to go up for this team.

OT Donald Stephenson: Stock Down

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    Donald Stephenson is a developmental OL prospect that has plenty of upside.

    Unfortunately, it's going to take more than one rookie mini-camp to know how much potential this kid really has.

    Romeo Crennel was very mum when discussing the former Oklahoma Sooner, which could mean the Chiefs weren't initially very impressed with what they saw from the Blue Springs, Mo., product.

RB Cyrus Gray: Stock Up

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    Cyrus Gray was taken by KC in the fifth round of last month's draft to add more talent and overall depth at running back for this offense.

    Fortunately for KC, he looks the part so far.

    He was able to show some flashes of brilliance at mini-camp earlier this month, which is what the Chiefs are hoping to see more from him in the future.

CB DeQuan Menzie: Stock Down

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    Fifth-round pick DeQuan Menzie wouldn't have had a bad rookie mini-camp if it weren't for his injury near the end of the camp. According to Josh Looney from KCChiefs.com, Menzie sat out of Sunday's practice to apparently rest an injured hamstring.

    To make matters even worse, he was still injured when the team began its first full squad OTAs of the year on Monday.

    This is a tough break for Menzie, who was looking to make a good first impression at camp, but instead wound up with an injured hamstring for his troubles.