In preparation of next Thursday’s draft, Rich Stewart of The Kansas City Star is looking at the players that could be available for the Chiefs in each round. Here are a few of the prospects that could intrigue Scott Pioli with one or both of the team’s second round picks.
Arrelios Benn—WR (Illinois): Excellent hands and route running ability. Good size at 6′ 1” – 219, he surprised a lot of scouts with a 4.45 pro day clocking and a 4.48 at the combine. Gets off the jam with hand placement and strength. Benn is a tough runner in the open field and has a wicked stiff arm – excellent blocker as well. He should be among the top-5 picks of the second round.
Terrence Cody—NT (Alabama): Could be gone already to San Diego at pick #28. Huge man at 6′ 3.5” – 349, long arms and powerful lower body. Even though he’s down from 370 pounds, he still looks fat and out of shape. Zero impact as a pass rusher, only half a sack at ‘Bama. Someone said he won the Alabama ‘man-boob’ title – he looks it. Cody has had weight issues forever – a red flag. He has poor stamina and may only be a two-down player in the NFL. He only did 22 bench press reps at ‘Bama pro day and was only 5.68 in the forty. When he’s on, he is quite a force in the middle, but he carries a lot of question marks. I’m not a fan. He could go anywhere from #28 to #60.
Cam Thomas—NT (North Carolina): Up and down player who needs to get meaner to survive at the next level. Disappears in too many games. Thomas is huge at 6′ 4” – 330 and he’s extremely tough. He played most of his senior year with a broken hand. Look for him to picked between #45-60.
Daryl Washington—LB (TCU): Only a one-year starter at OLB, but he could play inside in a 3-4 if he has protection in front of him. Smallish at 6′ 1.5” – 228. Not overly strong either, just 17 bench press reps. Long arms and quick hands keep blockers from locking on – making him an effective tackler (109 as a senior). Washington has great lateral pursuit and good angles to the ball carrier. He is quick to drop in coverage. He can flip his hips and run with tight ends or backs. Pick #45-60.
If the Chiefs select a wide receiver — Benn or otherwise — with any of their top three picks, it should tell us a lot about how Scott Pioli feels about the potential of Dwayne Bowe. If you believe that you have a No. 1 target in Bowe than there are easily four or five needs higher on your list for 2010 than wide receiver.
NT is a much more intriguing position since Kansas City has so much invested in their two ends — Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey — yet almost nothing in the middle.
Both Cody and Thomas scare the life out of me. Can you imagine Cody even attempting Todd Haley’s conditioning test? They might lose him before he ever steps on the practice field in pads. But his potential is daring you to take him and hope you can snap him out of his funk with professional coaching.
As for Thomas, besides the obvious red flags, I have a severe mental block when it comes to any defensive lineman from UNC. Maybe if we hadn’t been torchered by Ryan Sims I’d be more open to what Thomas brings to the table but instead I would feel much more comfortable waiting to take either East Carolina’s Linval Joseph or UCF’s Torell Troup.
I talked about Washington back in January before the Fiesta Bowl and would love to see him end up with the Chiefs. He was a tackling machine at TCU that could go sideline-to-sideline with anyone in the country, but will likely slip in the draft because he isn’t seen as being able to rush the passer. Does he need to get stronger? Absolutely, but you can bet new strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark will make quick work of that problem.