The 2014 NFL Combine looks to the defensive side of the ball on Monday, and you can watch all the measuring, timing, evaluating your hearts desire all weekend long, live online at NFL.com.
Follow your favorite college prospects, and hear from experts and evaluators throughout the process as general managers try to find those players who can best help their franchises in 2014 and beyond.
You can also stay up to date with all the latest news and notes from the 2014 NFL Combine with coverage from FanSided.com and their excellent staff.
Evaluators will be grading defensive linemen and linebackers today in Indianapolis, and the Chiefs could use a pass rushing defensive end, an upgrade at inside linebacker, and some depth behind Tamba Hali and Justin Houston at outside linebacker.
Former Missouri Tigers star Michael Sam, who will be the first openly gay player in the NFL, will try to impress general managers with his on the field skills, hoping to make everything else irrelevant.
Maybe John Dorsey can find a key component for the future today.
The Kansas City Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey is hard at work this weekend, trying to improve on the team’s 11-5 record, and shore up the holes that revealed themselves in the second half of the season.
The Chiefs have a number of options this year, as they could go with a wide receiver, a defensive back, a defensive tackle, a linebacker, or an offensive lineman with their 23rd overall pick. They might even be able to pick up a,n extra later pick by trading down, if the situation presents itself.
After finishing 2-14 in 2013, the Chiefs selected offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the number one overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Chiefs need him to improve on his numbers next season to make up for the probable loss of Branden Albert. The Chiefs obviously liked what they saw in Fisher a year ago at the combines.
The Chiefs bounced back from their dismal 2012 campaign to win their first 9 games of the season in 2013, but went 2-6 the remainder of the way, including a heart breaking 45-44 playoff loss in Indianapolis, as Kansas City blew at 28-point second half lead.
Now Dorsey must figure out how to increase the win total while maintaining the improvements made over the season, and finding ways to make the roster even better. He also has to deal with some salary cap challenges, even if they do let free agents Albert and Tyson Jackson go.
On Friday, he spoke at the combine, and Josh gave us the highlights on Saturday morning. He talked a little about last year’s number one pick, Fisher, and A.J. Jenkins, acquired from the San Francisco 49ers for Chiefs’ bust, Jonathan Baldwin.
Kansas City’s roster is filled with talent they have drafted over the years. Leigh came up with a great list for KC Kingdom’s Chiefs’ fans, of recent Chiefs’ picks, and some of the contributions they have made. (Part One, and Part Two).
For all the action from the 2014 NFL Combine, check out the NFL Network for some of the action, and NFL.com all day long for combine coverage.