April 30, 2011
2011 NFL Draft: Best Players Remaining for the Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs also chose defensive end Allen Bailey out of Florida State.
Day two of the draft was a success as the Chiefs were able to add solid depth and players that will compete for starting jobs come training camp.
As Day 3 of the draft comes there are still some very good players available that would be able to contribute to the Chiefs success in 2011.
Keep the following players on your radar as you watch the final day of the draft. Enjoy!!
Bilal Powell RB
According to Pro Football Talk, the Chiefs will have an official visit or private workout with Powell. Assuming Powell impressed, look for the Chiefs to pick him up in sometime during the last few rounds of the draft.
Powell was named first-team All-Big East with 1,405 yards and 11 scores in 2010, his first year of substantial playing time. Powell is 5’11” and 210 pounds, however he plays much bigger.
Powell has the power and toughness to run between the tackles, while also possessing the speed to break a big run on the outside.
Greg McElroy QB
The Chiefs will need to groom a young quarterback just in case Matt Cassel starts to digress during his third season in Kansas City, and I fully expect them to select a QB late in the draft.
Greg McElroy’s leadership and experience earned him the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback job in 2009. During McElroy’s two years as a starter he demonstrated good ability to read coverage’s and make the right decisions.
McElroy is a tough quarterback who would fit right in with the Chiefs. Chiefs Quarterback Coach Jim Zorn should be able to improve McElroy’s average mechanics and he could develop his accuracy and become a very solid quarterback.
McElroy’s football IQ and willingness to learn makes him a good candidate to become a great projected quarterback. McElroy’s intelligence and game-management skills would be a definite step up from Brodie Croyle as the Chiefs primary backup quarterback.
Ricky Stanzi QB
At 6’4” and 230 pounds Stanzi has ideal size for the position, has above average arm strength, and shows great leadership abilities. Stanzi has also been a three year starter for the Hawkeyes.
Like McElroy, Stanzi will not blow you away with his physical tools, but he is an intelligent quarterback with terrific accuracy and a high football I.Q. Stanzi knows how to manage a game and understands the ins and outs of passing the football.
Stanzi showed improvement each season he played for the Hawkeyes, with a big spike in production his senior season. During Stanzi’s senior season he was able to show the ability to cut down on his INT ratio, largely due to smarter decision making.
Both McElroy and Stanzi are ideal for a Scott Pioli late round developmental quarterback.
Ricardo Lockette WR
A Division II prospect out of Fort Valley State Ricardo Lockette possesses NFL talent that could help add depth the Chiefs wide receiver position. Lockette is an interesting prospect with elite speed and overall athleticism.
At 6’2” and 210 pounds Lockette has the height and size of a prototypical NFL wide receiver, and with a forty yard dash time of 4.27 seconds he cannot be overlooked. In college Lockette was able to show he possesses strong hands and the body control to make grabs away from his frame.
Lockette is a phenomenal athlete that could do some damage at the NFL level with some good coaching pushing him in the right direction. If Lockette is able to prove he is not just a speed guy and improve his receiving and route running ability he could be a great asset to lineup in the slot next to Dwayne Bowe or Jon Baldwin.
Jerrell Powe NT
Powe is out of Ole Miss and stands at 6’2” and 335 pounds. Powe has a huge frame and will be able to clog up the middle to prevent any running backs from getting through the defensive line.
Powe started 12 games at nose tackle for the Rebels in 2010, recording 27 tackles, 8 1/2 for a loss, and 2 1/2 sacks. Powe was projected to go in the third round of the draft, so he would be a great late pick.
Very similar to Terrance Cody last year, Powe can sometimes get lazy toward the fourth quarter and starts playing high. However if Powe can improve his stamina he will me a force to reckon with in the middle.
Orie Lemon ILB
Lemon was named All-Big 12 First Team for the 2010 college football season as selected by the Big 12 coaches. Lemon was the first Cowboy linebacker since Greg Richmond in 2003 to be named first-team all-conference.
Lemon has a thick muscular build and possesses a good closing burst, fills hard, and is powerful at the point of attack. Lemon consistently leads with his shoulder, uses his hands to effectively shed blocks and delivers violent shots when tackling.
Lemon is a powerful linebacker that takes on blocks, sheds quickly, and has the speed to hunt down ball carriers in the backfield. Lemon could easily come in and immediately be a two-down run specialist, with potential to develop into more.
Ryan Jones CB
The local product from Liberty, Missouri, would be a great late round pick for the Chiefs. Both Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr only have one year left on their respective contracts and this pick makes sense.
Jones had 14 interceptions over his career at Northwest Missouri State. During Jones’ senior season he was named a D-II All-American. The Chiefs have proven they are not against taking small school players with upside, and Jones has a lot of upside.
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