A Look at Kansas City Chiefs Third-Round Pick Alex Magee

Rob MooreContributor IMay 1, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23:  Defensive lineman Alex Magee of Purdue runs during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

In the 2009 NFL draft, the Chiefs solidified their depth on the defensive line with Alex Magee, a defensive tackle from Purdue.

This gives Kansas City a very young and inexperienced defensive front. Turk McBride, Tank Tyler, Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson, and Alex Magee combine for less than ten years of NFL experience combined.

So what does Magee offer this team? At 6'3" and a shade under 300 pounds, he offers the same versatility as they see in first-round pick Tyson Jackson.

He was a starter for 22 games during his career at Purdue. His senior year he shifted from tackle to end, showing he has a team-first attitude.

Although he is considered a little undersized for his position, he is very strong for his build. When he gets in a proper stance he can really be a burden to his opposing blocker.

Which brings me to what could possibly be his biggest fault: technique. Magee is known for getting too high in his stance, which causes him to lose leverage against his opponent.

A student of the game, Magee was often found studying game footage and looking for ways to better his game. His work ethic is stronger than most, he boosted his already impressive bench press by 30 pounds in 2007.

Although he faced tough competition in the Big Ten, he never played in a really significant game. This makes it hard to say how he might handle a real pressure situation.

All in all I think this is a good pick in the third round—a strong young man who is a team player and has a strong work ethic.

If Alex can improve his technique, and continue to work hard toward advancing his game, he could prove to be a solid NFL defensive lineman.

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