per rotoworld, top Senior Safeties in the 2014 Draft
The Chiefs recently worked out a couple of Mississippi State players in quarterback Tyler Russell and safety Nickoe Whitley. Russell stands 6'4 and weighs 221 pounds and dealt with injury issues in college, playing only seven games last season. For his career, Russell threw 42 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions. He finished last year with a 65.1 completion percentage.
Whitley is a 5'11, 202-pound safety prospect who has also seen his stock derailed by injuries. He's a very tough player given that he played several weeks last year with a torn ACL that happened in Week 3. He had 55 tackles, 5 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles last season. Here's some highlights to check out:
Seems Matt Connor has checked him out too
Now, The Chiefs have Eric Berry, Sanders Commings, and Husain Abdullah at Safety (plus some other players, who might already fill the roster with what the Chiefs want) We all want to add to the mix to feel comfortable for the 2014 season. Nickoe's play was not the problem as much as his injuries might be. No, all-star games and no combine to elevate his stock. He is a day three of the draft player, a player that plays with pain, and a player that will dish it out too.
Nickoe Whitley, S, Mississippi State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2014): 5-7.
4/5/14: Whitley collected five interceptions, two passes broken up and 55 tackles in 2013. He had a big game against Auburn with two interceptions. Whitley also played well against Texas A&M and its high-powered passing attack. He didn't take part in the Combine.
8/18/13: Whitley had an impressive 2012 season coming off an ACL injury. The junior made 88 tackles with three interceptions and one forced fumble. He showed a lot of improvements as a run-defender and continued to display the ability to create turnovers.
Whitley had only 34 tackles in 2011, but he showed off some ball skills with four interceptions. Whitley's production could have been even better, but he missed the last four games of the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon against Alabama. If Whitley can stay healthy in 2013 and resume his ballhawking ways, he could rise up the rankings.
Welp another disjointed mess.
Maybe Andy sees him as a Strong Safety to let Eric Berry play Free Safety? Maybe he could be depth at both? I will be looking to see where he ends up in the 5-6 round range.