Chiefs, Other 3-4 Teams Checking Out A Pass Rusher In The Second Round

The Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker situation is an interesting one with a lot of different scenarios that could unfold.

On one side, we've got Tamba Hali who's pretty much "the man" moving forward. He's the starter and there's not much of a question about it.

On the other side is where it gets interesting.

Mike Vrabel is penciled in as the starter but his contract ends after 2010 and, at age 34, certainly can't be counted on for the long-term future. Behind Vrabel is Andy Studebaker, who have a lot of us are high on. However, Studebaker is unproven as a consistent starter so the Chiefs would be smart to check out other options.

One of those options is Corey Wootton, who the Chiefs saw at the Northwestern pro day last week. Wootton played defensive end in college but there are some wondering if he can make the transition to an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme because of his size (6'6" and 274 pounds), according to Pro Football Weekly.

The "general sentiment" by those in attendance was that he's more of a 4-3 defensive end at this point. He only ran a 4.8 forty yard dash and didn't show a lot of "burst" coming off the edge.

"He needs to get stronger. He did not have a lot of juice or explosion," one evaluator said. "He might grow into a five-technique - he has some core strength and power. He has some first-step quickness. I don't see him ever being a flamer off the edge."

The five-technique would be Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey's position -- the defensive end in a 3-4.

That said, he's been hearing from teams that are interested in moving him to linebacker. He played linebacker occasionally at Northwestern even recording four interceptions in his career.

Wooton is projected as a second to third round pick by a lot of folks including three teams of both 3-4 and 4-3 defenses that told PFW they would jump on him if he were available in the third round.

He may not have a full evaluation yet because he played injured for much of his senior season coming off of an ACL injury.

Several other 3-4 teams were in attendance lending more speculation to the idea that he could convert to outside linebacker. Other teams in attendance included the Patriots, Broncos, Ravens, Browns and Bengals.

(H/T to someone who gave us the report. I can't seem to remember who that is now.)

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