2011 NFL Draft: 10 Prospects the Kansas City Chiefs Should Target
Todd Haley and Scott Pioli have shown Kansas City fans that they are ready to start winning again.
After a great draft in 2010, Haley and company will be looking to add even more impressive young talent to the roster.
You won't see Cam Newton on this list, but these prospects* could make a big difference for the Kansas City Chiefs.
*Ordered by position
Stanley Havili, FB-USC
Kansas City has not had a viable fullback since Tony Richardson left for New York. Tim Castille and Mike Cox are playing alright, but they are not the future at the position.
Imagine Jamaal Charles running behind this guy. Havili is the No. 1 rated FB in this year’s draft and for good reason. He is a 6'1", 228-pound bruiser from USC. He runs a 4.64 40-yard dash and is just as strong.
Havili is a multi-dimensional threat. USC not only uses him as a blocking FB, but he can also line up as a deep back or a slot receiver.
At USC, he was able to amass 503 yards on the ground with a 6.3 yard average per carry. As a receiver, he got into the end zone 12 times in his tenure.
What would Charlie Weis and Todd Haley do with this guy? Put 15 pounds on him, and you have a power fullback. Spread him out like a tight end or use him as a goal line push at tailback.
Stanley Havili would be a great addition to a Kansas City offense that is still in its juvenile stages.
Titus Young, WR-Boise State
Kansas City is very one-dimesional when it comes to passing the ball. We are seeing a bit of progress from rookies Tony Moeaki and Dexter McCluster, but Dwayne Bowe will need a number two WR to take some of the load off of him if he wants to continue his success in the future.
Titus Young is a small, fast wideout that has emerged as one of the best coming into this draft. He has been a major target for Heisman runner-up Kellen Moore.
Young has come down with almost 3000 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns in his career with the Broncos.
He is also a force on kick returns, with two TDs in 2009 and can be used in end-arounds as a running option.
He has the speed to break out over the top and give the Chiefs another weapon through the air. I like Young to come in as a nice addition to Dwayne Bowe on the other side of the formation
Julio Jones, WR-Alabama
If he is available late in the first or second round, Julio Jones from Alabama would be a good pickup. Jones is built like Andre Johnson and has his speed.
Jones is coming from a run-heavy offense and would make an easy transition into the Kansas City game plan.
At 6'4" and 220 pounds, he will be able to overpower cornerbacks and give a good goal line threat with a fade pass.
Matt Szczur, WR-Villanova
You might not have heard his name before, but he has been making quite a big splash in Division I football at Villanova.
Szczur (pronounced: Caesar) is a tiny wide receiver that can do just about everything on the field. He has a lot in common with breakout performer Danny Woodhead of New England, and it would be interesting to see what another multi-threat player on the offense could do.
He is the undisputed leader of a good (for Division I standards) Villanova team.
Szczur will probably go undrafted but is definitely worth a look.
Orlando Franklin, OG-Miami
Brian Waters is getting older and will need a replacement in a few years. There is nothing better than starting early with a good draft prospect.
As tall as an NBA forward and as big as a tank, Orlando Franklin would be a good developing-project for Kansas City. Franklin has been a big reason for a good rushing attack in Miami.
He’s a bit of a risk because he is painfully slow and has poor footwork, though. This could be a problem because the Chiefs like to pull guards for an outside rushing attack.
If these issues can be addressed and coached, Franklin could make a good addition to the ageing part of the Kansas City O-line.
Mike Brewster, C-Ohio State
Like Brian Waters, center Casey Wiegmann is getting old, and the wear and tear is starting to take its toll.
Mike Brewster is only a junior at Ohio State but has the talent to play in the NFL next season. He has the right height and perfect build for an NFL lineman at 293 pounds.
He is a very reliable player on the O-line and could be moved around if necessary.
Brewster will be able to push the D-line backwards. He should have some time to develop, while the veterans on the Chiefs' line play out the rest of their days.
Cameron Jordan, DE, California
The Chiefs could use some extra help on the D-line. If Tamba Hali had another guy that could draw some attention from the blockers, Hali would be able to get to the QB even more easily.
Cameron Jordan has 161 tackles and 17 sacks in his career at Cal. It will take some development before he will be a major pass rusher, but he could be someone to look at.
He is a little heavy for a defensive end but can use power to his advantage. If he is available in the second or third round, the Chiefs may take a serious look at him.
Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
Mike Vrabel is in his last few years in the league and will need a replacement that can step up immediately.
If he is still available in the mid-twenties of the first round, I think it is very likely that Kansas City will go for Akeem Ayers. Ayers is the complete package at linebacker. At 6'4" and 255, he has the size needed to make opposing QBs and RBs have a very bad day.
In just three years at UCLA, Ayers has 215 tackles, 11 sacks and six interceptions. He will be a nice presence for veteran LB Derrick Johnson to rely on to the outside.
Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida
Kansas City is ranked 21st in the league in passing defense. While they are very young, improvements still need to be made.
A junior from Florida, Janoris Jenkins would be an interesting prospect for Kansas City to take a look at.
Jenkins has 106 tackles and eight INTs in thre years at Florida. He runs a 4.42 40-yard dash and will be able to keep up with the fastest wide receivers in the NFL.
One downside is the Jenkins is small at only 5'10" and will probably be able to be overpowered and over-jumped by some of the bigger WRs in the league.
Kansas City will only look for him if they feel that they need to replace Brandon Carr and don’t feel that Javier Arenas is ready for a starting role.
Quinton Carter, DB-Oklahoma
Again, the 21st-ranked passing defense is a problem.
Quinton Carter is a hard-hitting safety from the Oklahoma Sooners. Carter has logged 206 tackles and eight INTs during his four years as a Sooner.
He would be able to come in and play, much like Eric Berry was this season, and would make a great counterpart to be picked up in the second or third round.