The Kansas City Chiefs will welcome 17 prospects to their training facility Tuesday to take part in a local Pro Day. The special workout allows players that grew up or played college in the metropolitan area (40-mile radius of Arrowhead Stadium) to show their skills in a combine-like setting.
This workout also allows the Chiefs to get a look at more players without counting against the team’s league-sanctioned 30 visits.
While Oklahoma OT Donald Stephenson is expected to have his name called later this month at the NFL Draft, the rest of the players are likely to be undrafted free agents if they get a chance in the league at all.
Last year the Chiefs hosted 18 players, but did not end up signing any of them. Though it’s important to note that five ended up signing NFL deals, including two of our three favorite players (one was my namesake).
Here are the three players that have jumped out to me, but you can check out every player taking part in the Pro Day on the Chiefs official site.
TE Bristan Kelley (6-6, 260)
Pittsburg State (Lee’s Summit, MO)
He never caught more than eight passes in a season, but is a former All-State basketball player in Missouri that would give the Chiefs a shot at their own version of Antonio Gates. With little depth at tight end, Kelley could find an invite to camp waiting for him after the draft with an impressive showing.
CB Branden Griffin (5-10, 200)
Could the Chiefs replace a Brandon (Carr) with a Branden (Griffin)? Okay, clearly Griffin won’t be stepping right in to play corner for Kansas City the way Carr did when he was a rookie, but if he measures out at a legit 5-10, he’s worth a look.
WR Taylor Embree (6-3, 202)
UCLA (Overland Park, KS)
He brings an impressive resume of 137 career catches at UCLA, but coming off his worst season in 2011 when he only hauled in 20 passes. During his own Pro Day, Embree measured out at more than 6-2, so he is a big target that has a solid pedigree (his father Jon is head coach at Colorado and former Chiefs coach).
If he looks more like the player that caught 45 passes for 608 yards in 2009, he’ll find his way onto a roster.