Howard Jones can be a skilled rotational pass-rusher in the Chiefs' 3-4 defense.
Howard Jones, DE/OLB, Shepherd
While they need help in coverage, the Chiefs simply can't have enough quality pass-rushers in a division featuring quarterbacks as stellar as Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers.
That's why small-school star Howard Jones should appeal with one of the team's two sixth-round picks. He is a raw but naturally skilled outside pass-rusher.
Jones showed off his speed by posting a 4.60 40-yard dash time at the combine. It's that acceleration that helped him routinely destroy the edges of blocking schemes while at Shepherd.
NFL.com draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki emphasizes Jones' potential as a pro pass-rusher in the right scheme:
Lean, explosive, highly athletic rush linebacker prospect who overwhelmed inferior tackles at the Division II level and has clear developmental value and upside potential. Best deployed with pinned ears and see-ball, get-ball instructions, Jones is raw, but has enticing speed and crude pass-rush ability for a patient, positional coach to mold.
Learning behind players like Hali and Houston would certainly allow Jones to pick up a few new tricks.
Russell Bodine, C/G, North Carolina
When Jon Asamoah left in free agency, the Chiefs lost a powerful force along the interior of their O-line. It also weakened the depth behind the Kansas City front five.
Russell Bodine is a player who could solve both issues. He can fill in at both center and guard and plays with a tenacious streak that is most evident in the running game.
Bodine is a good fit for the Chiefs' run-first offense.
Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
Seantrel Henderson is another tough and accomplished run-blocker who could fill holes along the Chiefs' offensive front. He is a massive presence on the outside at 6'7" and 331 pounds.
Henderson has seen time at both left and right tackle but could also do some damage from the interior. His stock has been hurt by a revelation at the Senior Bowl that he incurred numerous suspensions at Miami for using marijuana, per Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel.
But many teams may feel Henderson's size and athletic gifts are enough to merit a second chance.
CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang projects the ex-Hurricanes' starter as a sixth-rounder, where the Chiefs may be willing to take a chance.
By rigidly targeting their most obvious areas of need, passing game, O-line and secondary, rather than being wowed by marquee names, the Chiefs can find immediate impact in every round.