Searching For Chiefs Under The Radar In The SEC

After seeing the Kansas City Chiefs select four players from the SEC in 2010, including their first three picks, there is every reason to believe that Scott Pioli will be looking towards the best conference in the country once again.

There’s no shortage of big-name talent at the top of the draft that will be coming from the SEC, but it doesn’t take much football knowledge to know that Patrick Peterson and A.J. Green are going to be solid pros.

With that in mind I went searching for under the radar talent in the SEC that could fit with the Chiefs. I asked ESPN’s Mel Kiper for some “hard working” players that we should keep our eye on.  I’ve included the entire list below, but here are a few of Kiper’s suggested players along with why I feel they are best suited to play at Arrowhead on Sundays.

Shaun Chapas, FB, Georgia

It wouldn’t shock anyone if he went undrafted, but I think he has all the makings of Pioli’s final pick of the draft. Chapas only carried the ball 15 times last season and 40 for his career, he has never once fumbled and in limited duty looked solid catching the ball out of the backfield.  Did miss his final game due to ankle surgery

Not only was the 6’2″, 249 pound fullback named a permanent team captain last season, he also earned awards for special teams, strength and conditioning as well as character and determination.

Kris Durham, WR, Georgia

He might not be the dynamic threat that Green is, but Durham isn’t just roster fodder either.  I’ve made no secret that there is a special place in my football heart for tall wideouts and at a legitimate 6’5″, I take notice.  Playing Robin to Green’s Batman, the 23-year-old Durham caught 32 passes for 659 including a whopping 20.6 per reception average, good for third-best in all of Division I-A.

He turned plenty of heads at the Georgia Pro Day with a 40 time some scouts had as low as 4.43.

Durham was on the SEC Football Community Service Team and named to the ESPN Academic All-District III First-Team.

K.J. Wright, OLB, Mississippi State

Here we have a classic example of a player that has done nothing but produce at a high level and is sliding down draft boards a bit because of a less-than-stellar combine performance.  Turn that 4.75 into a 4.65 and maybe Wright goes in the end of the second round instead of the third or fourth which is where he is likely to be selected next week.

Wright is listed as an outside linebacker, but I like him playing inside for the Chiefs next to Derrick Johnson.  His ability to stuff a hole on the line or run with tight ends gives him immediate flexibility that the Kansas City defense desperately needs at linebacker.

Mel Kiper’s SEC Under The Radar Picks
Shaun Chapas, FB, Georgia
Kris Durham, WR, Georgia
Preston Dial, TE, Alabama
Garrett Chisolm, G, South Carolina
K.J. Wright, OLB, Mississippi State
Chris White, ILB, Mississippi State

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