The Kansas City Chiefs hosted their local pro day on Tuesday, giving players that either grew up or played their college ball in the “metropolitan area” a chance to workout for the team. Having the 18 prospects in the building does not count against the Chiefs workout limit. Josh Looney broke down all of the players that worked out for Scott Pioli and the rest of the coaching staff.
LB Stephen Franklin (6-0, 235)
Southern Illinois (North Kansas City)
Franklin played in front of NFL scouts at the inaugural Eastham Energy College Football All-Star Game this January. A team captain, he led Southern Illinois with 76 tackles in 2010 and was a second-team all-Missouri Valley selection. Franklin played in every SIU football game (50) since joining the program as a true freshman in 2007.
DB Ryan Jones (5-11, 195)
Northwest Missouri State (Liberty)
Jones worked out at the University of Missouri Pro Day in March. He is a Division II All-America selection after recording 56 tackles and intercepting six passes (two for TDs) last season. Most draft analysts are giving Jones a late-round grade. He reportedly visited with the Bears last week.
WR David Leonard (6-4, 203)
Wyoming (Shawnee Mission West)
Leonard led the Cowboys in receiving as a junior and senior. His best season came in 2009 when he posted the fourth best single-season receiving total in Wyoming history with 77 receptions. Leonard was also an effecting punt returner throughout his collegiate career.
Get a full run down of the players over at the official site, but these are three that caught my eye.
Franklin played every game during his time on campus and was a productive team captain. If that doesn’t sound like the kind of guy that the Chiefs would give a chance in training camp to make the team as the 53rd player than I don’t know what does.
I didn’t single out Jones just because of his name, even though it’s the greatest and best name of any prospect in this year’s draft. So far he has measured at a legit 5’11″ and brings an impressive DII resume to the table. Another Brandon Carr?
Everyone has a type of player they keep waiting for to come in and impact their team. For me it’s tall receivers. Last year it was going to be Jerheme Urban and Jeremy Horne. Urban ended up on the IR after an ineffective preseason while Horne impressed early but was moved to the practice squad in favor of Verran Tucker.
The odds are stacked against Leonard having a big role for the Chiefs or any other team next season, but I’d love to see Pioli roll the dice on a guy that would immediately become the tallest Kansas City receiver.