Kansas City Chiefs Draft Bargains: Notes from NFL Combine on Wide Receivers
While the term “Bargain Bin” carries a negative connotation, there is no doubt the unlimited benefit of finding draft day bargains.
More affectionately known as “steals,” or having great “draft value,” here are some of the players that aren’t necessarily in the top-5 of any analyst’s lists for their position, but players I believe can help the Kansas City Chiefs.
Emmanuel Sanders out of Southern Methodist University is a player I’ve heard very little about, but that has to be considered a possible steal at wide receiver.
Let’s look at the tangibles:
40 time: 4.41 (third among wide receivers)
Bench Press: 12
Broad Jump: 10’6” (best among wide receivers)
Vertical Jump: 39.5” (fifth among wide receivers)
3 cone drill: 6.60 (second among wide receivers)
20 yard shuttle: 4.10 (third among wide receivers)
Now I don’t intend to post the combine statistics of every “bargain” player, but so little is known and has been said about Sanders that the numbers have to speak for themselves.
I desperately wanted to see this guy run the gauntlet and see how smooth he was in receiving, but alas, the NFL Network, while doing a great job, doesn’t always give the fan everything he or she wants to see.
Sanders was considered an outside shot to be drafted coming into the Combine and many people feel he could have moved up to round five. This is the ideal bargain pick at a team that needs playmakers at wide receiver.
While playmaking is nice, there is a demand for consistency among Kansas City fans and personnel. The Chiefs look to upgrade a receiving unit that led the NFL in pass drops.
There are a couple players I consider in the "Ed McCaffrey" mold, the number two Denver receiver that gave Kansas City fans fits with his steady contributions.
Blair White out of Michigan State is an ideal blend of strong hands, a nose for the end zone, and good physical build at 6’2” and 209 pounds.
White didn’t show as a top performer in the vertical or broad jump, but his 4.53 forty yard dash is respectable.
Most importantly, for guys who like the “quicker than he is fast” receivers, White posted the top time among receivers in the 20-yard shuttle, finished second in the 60-yard shuttle, and third in the 3-cone drill. Pair that with 18 bench press reps, and you’ve got a strong, heady receiver who can find the spots in zone coverage and won’t drop balls.
Wide Receiver Honorable Mentions (Guys that looked good in drills)
Chris McGaha – Arizona State
Dezmon Briscoe – Kansas
Antonio Brown – Central Michigan
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