What is the best way to confirm the Kansas City Chiefs have a 2014 NFL Draft prospect in the house for a visit? By sending a picture out of the prospect in the Chiefs locker room, which is what Liberty CB Walt Aikens did today.
Note: Looks like the tweet was deleted ...but it was him in the Chiefs locker room.
Jeff Allen (@JeffAllen71) April 1, 2014
Aikens is a transfer from Illinois, which must explain the connection to another former Illinois player, Chiefs G Jeff Allen.
Aikens is listed at 6'1 and 203 pounds so he's got the size the Chiefs are often looking for in a cornerback. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at his pro day. See more of his pro day numbers here. NFL Draft Scout projects him as a 6th-7th round pick.
Mocking The Draft attended Senior Bowl week and wrote this: "Liberty's Walt Aikens was praised by coaches several times for his closing speed. For teams wanting a bigger off-man corner, Aikens could be a solid player."
Big Blue View's draft profile reads: "Walt Aikens isn't a big name ... He might not even get drafted. However, he has a lot of the tools NFL teams look for. He's got the size and length, he's smooth in coverage, closes quickly, and is a tenacious tackler."
Then there's this (via CBS): "Pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft charges in July 2010 and served two weeks in Champaign County jail for possessing a computer taken from a dorm room."
The Chiefs are always going to be looking for big and fast cornerbacks and safeties. It's one of those positions they could draft every year.
One potential issue with Aikens is his choice of barbecue, which would be questioned if he were drafted by the Chiefs.