Add one more to the list of players reportedly working out for the Kansas City Chiefs before next month’s draft: South Carolina defesive back Chris Culliver, according to NFP.
Originally projected as a fourth-round draft pick, Culliver has also drawn third-round grades from several teams.
A 6-foot, 200-pound cornerback who has also played safety, Culliver ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds at the NFL scouting combine.
Culliver is the Gamecocks’ all-time kick return leader with 2,476 yards.
Culliver dealt with a torn pectoral last season, but has recovered from his injury.
Depth at safety is something that needs to be addressed this offseason (no more Jon McGraw, please) but unless Culliver falls into the fifth round he isn’t likely ticketed for Kansas City due to other positions being much higher on the “to-do” list.
He does, however, posses plenty of what it appears Scott Pioli and Todd Haley are looking for in their draft prospects. Culliver played in the SEC and showed off plenty versatility. He was recruited as a wide receiver, moved to (and excelled) at safety and then played a year at cornerback. As NFP notes, Culliver was fantastic as a returner, but what they didn’t mention is that he is third all-time in SEC history in kick returns and kick return yards.
While versatility is key in Kansas City, so is staying on the field. Culliver missed a game this past season while dealing with off-the-field issues and then suffered that torn pectoral that knocked him out for the final six games. South Carolina finished 5-2 with him in the lineup and 4-3 without.