What exactly it is that one gains from evaluating a potential draft target in a controlled setting, sans pads or a helmet can be difficult to understand. Sure, the combine provides official quantifiables for prospects, and yes, individual pro days offer scouts an up-close look at specific mechanics and fundamentals.
But, when a strikingly impressive or particularly disappointing performance in a single offseason workout trumps an entire college career's worth of film and accomplishments, something simply isn't right.
We've witnessed a prime example of this over the last couple of months with Teddy Bridgewater.
Following an impressive junior-year campaign, Bridgewater declared his intentions to enter the 2014 NFL draft. He was initially a popular choice to be selected with the Houston Texans' first-overall pick. That sentiment was short lived.
Following a discouraging showing at his pro day back in March, he's seen his name drop out of the first round in several mock drafts. That's the same pro day in which Bridgewater sported shorts and a t-shirt while throwing to a single, uncovered wideout.
The former Louisville QB's situation is the most visible example, but it's an all-too-common occurrence in the months separating the end of college bowl season from the NFL draft. Though, however flawed it may be, it has significantly impacted several potential prospects that Kansas City might be targeting as well.
Many names on general manager John Dorsey's draft board—especially two oft-mentioned wideouts who have been linked to the Chiefs—have seen their stock rise to such a degree that they may no longer be realistic options for K.C.'s first-round selection.
On the other end of the spectrum, a number of targets originally thought to command top-15 value have become feasible choices for the Chiefs' 23rd-overall pick. It's sort of like that Seinfeld episode where Jerry realizes that everything in his life eventually evens out. (Was that forced? I've been known to occasionally force a Seinfeld reference or two.)
Anyway, here are five of Kansas City's potential targets who've experienced a notable change in their draft stock since January.