Sometimes during draft season, we get word that the Kansas City Chiefs are simply "interested" in a player. Today we have one of those players - Middle Tennessee State RB Phillip Tanner. Bo Marchionte of NFLDraftBible.com reports that the Chiefs, Broncos, Texans, Jets and Steelers are all rumored to be interested in the Middle Tennessee senior.
Tanner is 5'8", 208 pounds and has been described as a "touchdown machine." NFL Draft Scout rated Tanner as the 76th best running back in the draft, so don't expect him to be drafted anywhere.
Tanner had a good Pro Day workout last month. He's also a potential wide receiver and kick returner, which is always intriguing to NFL teams.
Naturally, being in that fuzzy 7th round/undrafted arena means definitely saying the Chiefs will or will not draft him is impossible to do. But, in case you were wondering, Tanner was a team captain in 2010. And Scott Pioli, scripted or not, has to love quotes like this:
"Of course, everybody wants to hear their name called on draft day, but that's not always the case. All I need is one shot, drafted or not. I just need one team to say here's an opportunity to make our team. What I want is an opportunity not a handout. Once I'm there, I'll prove myself. My mindset is to score or move the chains whenever I touch the ball."
You can find a big dose of Tanner highlights here.