No one in the NFL knows the draft-eligible Notre Dame players better than Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. Will that mean an Irish player or two lands in Kansas City? NFLDraftCountdown.com’s Scott Wright thinks Golden Tate certainly could.
Wright believes Tate will land with the Jets – who pursued but failed to land a similar player in Percy Harvin in last year’s draft – with the No. 29 overall pick. If Tate does slide into to the second round, the Chiefs and former Irish head coach Charlie Weis have the No. 36 pick.
“That’s a real possibility,” Wright said of Tate landing in Kansas City. “The Chiefs have a lot of needs, including playmakers, and that’s what Tate can bring.”
Tate’s stock will depend a lot on how well he runs at the combine.
“I don’t think anybody expects him to run like a 4.3 flat or anything like that,” Wright said. “As long as he can come in somewhere in the high 4.4s or 4.50 flat, somewhere in that range should be sufficient.”
Back in November, the Chiefs attended a Notre Dame practice so they were looking at the Irish players long before Weis came on board.
Assuming Tate doesn’t measure in at 5-9, I would love to see the Chiefs pick him up in the second round if he is available. Weis would know how to get the best out of him and as we saw last year, Kansas City was short on big plays delivered by players not named Charles.