Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey were among the attendees at the 2013 Senior Bowl Saturday afternoon. By sundown, the Chiefs' prospect sheet graduated to a stack, and the hype train for the 2013 NFL draft kicked into overdrive.
A number of players undoubtedly made blips on the Chiefs' radar throughout the week. But if Kansas City is on the clock and the services of seven particular standouts are still available, the Chiefs need to pull the trigger.
Make no mistake, the Senior Bowl isn't a foolproof litmus test in projecting how prospects will fare in the NFL. Some onlookers will drool over one athlete so heavily that it washes away a season marred by inconsistencies; others will conjure excuses detailing why another player performed poorly.
In reality, the Senior Bowl offers a small window of opportunity to players and coaches. For players, it serves as a (potential) springboard that launches athletes up the draft board—especially unfamiliar ones from smaller schools. For scouts, it yanks players out of their comfort zones, bridges the talent gap and exhibits their (in)ability to adapt.
Ladd Peebles Stadium also doubled as a makeshift office for the Chiefs throughout the week. As Bob Gretz details, Kansas City's 20-man staff anchored itself in the bleachers after practices, long after other football minds from around the league had departed (via BobGretz.com).
As the group reconvened and compared notes on Saturday, they likely agreed upon two things: The 2013 draft is talent-heavy at many of Kansas City's positions of need, and the first overall pick didn't pack his bags for Mobile this year.