1. DT Sedrick Ellis (USC)
He's not as big as LSUs Glenn Dorsey but splits the center and guard better than any interior defensive lineman in the last several years. His size is a concern, but he's not going to be the next Ryan Sims. Ellis came to the Senior Bowl knowing he was a top seven draft pick no matter what. He's a winner, and if the Chiefs pick him and can get Tank Tyler to play at a high level, the defensive line will be outstanding. Ellis was the most impressive defender at the Senior Bowl and someone who has a motor similar to Jared Allen's.
2. LT Carl Nicks (Nebraska)
Solid fundamentals and showed impressive hands in Mobile. He always kept them inside the shoulder pads and was strong enough to take on the best pass rushers at the Senior Bowl. A St. Louis Rams scout said Nicks is one of the premier tackles in this class. The knock is his learning speed, but with good coaching (and the Chiefs have that now) he could be the perfect fit in Kansas City at left tackle. The last Cornhusker the Chiefs drafted to play offensive line turned out to be pretty good, too (Will Shields).
3. WR Jordy Nelson (Kansas State)
The disciplined hands he showed at the Senior Bowl were amazing. Nelson was always ready to catch the ball and was constantly moving forward with his hands in front of him. That's no easy trick. He was the best wide receiver in practice at the Senior Bowl and might be the next Wes Welker. He could start for the Chiefs opposite Dwayne Bowe next season.
Nelson's also a great kid who will be a coach's dream – his work ethic is second to none and he never takes a play off. Eric Price could really make something of him. His speed is suspect, but he separated from most if not all of the cornerbacks at the Senior Bowl, and he found the end zone. Most NFL analysts believe Nelson is a fourth rounder, but I'd be shocked if he gets out the third. He's a winner and KC's scouts really love him. Nelson can also return punts and kicks.
4. CB Chevis Jackson (LSU)
The secondary is a big concern for the Chiefs. It's not a sure thing that Jackson will fall this far, but if he does he'd probably be a lock to selected by Kansas City. He made plays in college while showing the ability to take chances and be aggressive with his exciting athleticism.
Ultimately though it's the development Jackson made under Bo Pellini, his defensive coordinator, that makes him so appealing. The LSU defense swarmed people last year and Jackson was right in the mix. He'd be a steal in the top of the fourth round.
5A. (from Miami) OG Heath Benedict (Newberry College)
This Division II player was impressive during Senior Bowl workouts. He's fiery and one of the few guys who slowed down Sedrick Ellis. Benedict also got into an altercation, showing he wasn't going to back down from anyone. If the Chiefs land guard Ryan Lilja in free agency, and move Brian Waters to center, Benedict becomes an option to develop into a starter. He didn't play for a big school and may be a reach with the first pick of the fifth round, but I think he's worth it.
5B. CB Patrick Lee (Auburn)
He's blazing quick and learned late in his senior season he has the ability to get to the ball. Lee closes well, supports the run and has a knack for picking off passes. He had four interceptions in his last five games at Auburn. Lee is the perfect Cover 2 cornerback and someone Gunther Cunningham could count on to be in the right place at the right time. I could see Lee and Jackson starting as rookies.
6A. OT Barry Richardson (Clemson)
Scouts are excited over Richardson because he's 6-foot-7 and has excellent feet, but needs to keep his hands inside in pass protection. He might be an option as a right tackle for the Chiefs if he sat behind Damion McIntosh for a year or two. Kansas City spent some time with him this week.
6B. (from Tampa Bay) WR Maurice Purify (Nebraska)
Another player with talent who needs motivation. Purify was one of the better wide receivers in the Big 12 but he's sliding down most boards at the moment. Missouri wide receiver William Franklin is rated higher, but Purify has more NFL potential. He'll need to be lights out at the combine, but he ate up some talented corners as a senior, including Aqib Talib. If the Chiefs take Jordy Nelson, Purify could be the number three option, moving Jeff Webb to fourth, giving Kansas City a young, talented receiving corps. When was the last time that happened?
7A. RB Justin Forsett (California)
He's small, but was outstanding at the Senior Bowl. Forsett can run and catch and brings a load, plus he returns kicks. He's reminiscent of former Wildcat Darren Sproles, but has better instincts as a runner. If he's available this late in the draft the Chiefs could pencil him in as the third back behind Larry Johnson and Kolby Smith.
Few offensive players were more fun to watch at the Senior Bowl, and Forsett knows he's a long shot but will work to get on an NFL roster. He's the kind of player KC's scouts are looking for and they took note of him this week.
7B. (from Tampa Bay) QB Kyle Wright (Miami)
He was injured last season but the Chiefs want to add another young quarterback to the mix. If Chad Pennington isn't brought in, Kansas City could take a chance on Wright. Delaware QB Joe Flacco might be a more lucrative option, but he'll be long gone by this time and the Chiefs might not want to go after him at the top of the third or fourth round. At this point Wright will be the best quarterback on the board, and that includes Hawaii's Colt Brennan, who might be the most over hyped quarterback of all time.
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