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Small School Prospects I Can See the Chiefs Drafting

Per ESPN

Hampton NT Kenrick Ellis (6-4, 346; 69)
Ellis has an explosive first step for his size and a thick, powerful upper body, and he is a powerful bull rusher who can drive interior offensive linemen back into the quarterback's lap. He dominated at the FCS level the last two years, piling up 30 tackles for loss.

He could do a better job staying low with his first step, but Ellis shows the ability to hold ground against double-teams when he plays with proper pad level, and he is one of the few legitimate 3-4 nose tackles in the 2011 class.

Still, he compares favorably to Green Bay Packers DT Ryan Pickett and, because so few two-gap nose tackles are available, Ellis could come off the board earlier than his late-third-to-early-fourth-round grade, possibly to a team like the New York Jets or Kansas City Chiefs.

Abilene Christian WR Edmund Gates (5-11, 192; 70)
Gates has the blazing speed (4.34 in the 40) to take a quick-hitter the distance, shows good initial burst and can accelerate out of breaks into a big-time second gear. He also uses his hands well and doesn't let the ball get to his pads often, which is surprising given his background.

Gates played only one year of high school football (as a freshman in 2001), and he needs to improve his overall strength. He also carries some off-field baggage from his community college days, but he still projects as a third-round pick to a team like the Baltimore Ravens or Oakland Raiders.

Lehigh G Will Rackley (6-5, 303; Grade: 81)
Rackley played tackle his last three years with the Mountain Hawks but projects as a guard in the NFL, where he has the feet to develop great range in pass pro. He shows good balance and the ability to sink his hips and re-set against pass rushers.

Rackley also has the upper-body strength to knock linebackers off-balance with a powerful punch, though he doesn't appear to have great lower-body strength and doesn't always generate enough push as a drive blocker.

He also lacks experience working in space on pulls and traps and will have to develop that area of his game in the NFL, but as it stands we grade Rackley on the fringe of the second round.

Anyone of these three guys would fit in well with the Chiefs. Ellis has some character things, but to me, he is a great value in the 2nd round. Rackley has the versatility that we love. He could play guard or tackle in my opinion. And Gates is that burner we're all looking to add to the offense. He'll be 26 soon, has little experience, and is raw, so there are concerns with him as well. All that being said, any one of these three guys on the Chiefs would make me a happy guy.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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