5 Late-Round Prospects That Would Be a Perfect Match for the Kansas City Chiefs

Brett Gering@BrettGeringCorrespondent IApril 10, 2013

5 Late-Round Prospects That Would Be a Perfect Match for the Kansas City Chiefs

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    With the 2013 NFL Draft only weeks away, Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey is steady mining for late-round diamonds.

    Before joining the Chiefs, Dorsey spent the vast majority of his professional career—on and off the field—with the Green Bay Packers: an organization that has plucked its share of late-round gems. 

    During his tenure with the Packers, the team transformed nobodies into household names. Green Bay selected standouts Mark Brunell, Dorsey Levens and Aaron Kampman in the fifth round, Matt Hasselbeck, Marco Rivera and Desmond Bishop in the sixth round, and Adam Timmerman and Matt Flynn drifted to the outskirts of the seventh round (via DraftHistory.com).

    There are five (potentially) third-day prospects that could develop into Arrowhead favorites down the road. 

5. DE/OLB Stansly Maponga (TCU)

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    Kansas City's linebacking corps could make a case for itself as the best in the league, but it sorely lacks depth. If the Chiefs generate quarterback pressure, it's normally from the outside. And if Tamba Hali or Justin Houston were to miss time on the sideline, the opposing passer could strike his list of worries in half.

    Rumors suggest that Dion Jordan is one of three prospects the Chiefs are considering for the No. 1 pick. 

    Contrary to reports that #Chiefs are looking at 4 players with #1 pick, my sources say KC only looking at E. Fisher, L. Joeckel & D. Jordan.

    — Russell Lande (@RUSSLANDE) April 2, 2013

    Kansas City's front office would be foolish not to consider Jordan, especially when taking Hali's swollen contract into account. But they would be equally foolish for selecting him first overall—not because he isn't worthy of the selection, but because too many questions would ambush the offensive line.

    Make no mistake: An offensive tackle will be flaunting a Chiefs hat on April 25. 

    While TCU's Stansly Maponga isn't the dynamic, edge-rushing terror that Jordan is, he could still suffice as a situational pass-rusher. He also doesn't boast the athletic range of a traditional outside linebacker, but the same can be said about Hali. 

    The rookie is vulnerable in space, but displays enough physical tools to become a serviceable run defender down the line. 

    Maponga's pass-rushing expertise alone, though, balloons his value as a sixth or seventh-round pick. 

4. DT Cory Grissom (South Florida)

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    Lost in the Chiefs' offseason shopping spree, the Miami Dolphins' team website revealed that Kansas City talked with defensive tackle Vaughn Martin.

    Suffice to say, Andy Reid isn't sold on Tyson Jackson's late-blooming emergence in 2012.

    South Florida's Cory Grissom is a 306-pound mountain of potential with deceptive quickness and a no-quit attitude. And that non-stop motor will push Jackson to his talent's edge.

    Grissom's tangible traits project well in Kansas City's defense. His swift reaction time allows him to gain leverage on blockers, and his lateral agility will bode well for him in a two-gap 3-4 scheme. 

3. QB Landry Jones (Oklahoma)

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    Andy Reid's love for cheesesteaks might take second place to barbecue as he settles into his new home.

    However, his love for quarterbacks remains unchanged. 

    Like every athlete, Landry Jones won't jump to the big leagues without his fair share of knocks: He's susceptible to seeing ghosts in the pocket and failed to satisfy senior-season expectations. 

    But Jones is an intelligent quarterback with an arm that could turn a bull's-eye into a ring of fire. He also operated a spread offense in college, which is likely what sparked Reid's interest. 

    Oklahoma football: Landry Jones thrilled about meeting with Chiefs' Andy Reid bit.ly/14bkxml #SOONERS

    — Oklahoma Sooners (@uoklasports) January 24, 2013

    With solid protection—which Kansas City is destined for with its first pick—and a healthy dose of coaching, Jones flashes the natural skills needed to (one day) become an NFL starter.

2. ILB Kevin Reddick (North Carolina)

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    Kansas City will likely address its void at strong-side linebacker on the second day of the draft. But if not, a prospect such as Kevin Reddick—assuming he's still available—could fill the need. 

    Reddick's mentality is tailored for defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's aggressiveness.

    Sutton encourages pre-snap movement to muddy his defense's intentions, then gives it legitimacy by bringing a variety of blitzes.

    Reddick regularly disguised his assignments in college, and he lives for blitzing.

    He also exhibits the necessary upper-body strength to shed blocks between the tackles. 

1. RB Jawan Jamison (Rutgers)

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    After evaluating Jawan Jamison's skill set, the final notes look like an instruction manual for cloning Ray Rice. While Jamison's game isn't as polished as the All-Pro running back, the two definitely took a dip in the same gene pool. 

    Rutgers' miniature boulder would give the Chiefs' backfield a well-rounded rusher who could make an immediate impact as a third-down option.

    Jamison's bulky 5'8" frame helps him weave between the tackles, juking would-be tacklers with ease. And if pursuers anticipate the correct angle, the tailback is still liable to bounce off of them like a 203-pound wrecking ball.

    On passing downs, Jamison also showcases reliable hands in the flat and takes pride in blitz protection.

    Chiefs running back Cyrus Gray embodies a few of the same characteristics, but he authors an injury-plagued past and struggles to stay on the field. 

    Paired with the gliding ghost that is Jamaal Charles, Jamison would present a quality Plan B that demands respect from the defense. 


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