Senior Bowl Blog: Sunday Night

MOBILE, Ala. - Over the next four days Warpaint Illustrated will give you an inside look at the Senior Bowl and how it affects the Kansas City Chiefs. We'll tell you which players the scouting staff and coaching staff has their eye on and project which of those players might be drafted in April.

I arrived in Mobile, Alabama and met up with draft analyst and former NFL Scout Tom Marino. Former San Diego Chargers wideout Wes Chandler, now a wide receivers coach for the Cleveland Browns, joined us. We had a discussion about the head-coaching vacancy in Atlanta, and Chandler thinks former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice would be a good fit.

Chandler went on to tell me the hire of Chan Gailey in Kansas City fits Herm Edwards' style of offense. Chandler has known Gailey for a long time and believes he's an outstanding coach, but has his work cut out for him with the Chiefs.

As for the Senior Bowl itself, Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm will be replaced on the roster by University of Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge, the nephew of former BYU college basketball standout Danny Ainge.

Brohm and Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan are both skipping this week because their respective agents feel it's too much of a risk for either of them to play in Saturday's contest. Right now both players are projected to be drafted in the top ten.

There's been a lot of talk about the possibility of the Chiefs taking Ryan, but Marino's not that enamored with Ryan or Brohm. He doesn't think either quarterback has the tools to throw the ball down the field. Both excel in the short passing game, but are system quarterbacks and not playmakers.

The guy Chiefs fans should keep an eye on is University of Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco, the replacement for Ryan this week. Flacco stands 6-foot-6 and is roughly 30 pounds heavier than Brodie Croyle. He'll get his chance to shine this weekend could slide into the second round if he plays well. Flacco might have the best arm of any quarterback coming out this year and is considered to be a player with first-round talent.

Chiefs Notes:

The Chiefs are close to naming all of the offensive assistants. We've confirmed that Bob Bicknell, one of the carryovers from last year's offensive staff, has been promoted to offensive line coach.

It appears former UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell will be KC's new wide receivers coach. Curtis Modkins will leave Georgia Tech and become the new running backs coach.

It also appears that the Chiefs might bring in a new quarterbacks coach. According to our source, there are a few candidates at the moment, and one might be UTEP offensive coordinator Eric Price, who at one point was high on the list to replace Mike Solari.

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