As the Kansas City Chiefs prep for the 2013 NFL Draft, the major news is consistently about the top end prospects that the team is working out. Andy Reid has already said the team will consider 8 to 10 prospects for the first overall slot, but the team's scouts are also working their way across the country to check out players who will be considered near the end of the draft as well.
That's likely who the team was checking out at the recent New Hampshire pro day. Yes, New Hampshire. Gil Brandt says only four players worked out and the Chiefs were one of five reported teams in attendance. The others? Raiders, Saints, Eagles and Patriots.
Defensive tackle Jared Smith is likely the prospect that drew even that many players. Smith measured in at 6-4, 296 lbs. and ran the 40-yard dash at 5.01. CBS also ranks Smith as a 7th round prospect and calls him the 22nd best defensive tackle. NFL.com's profile concludes that he's a late round flier:
Smith's strength, hustle and still-growing frame could remind scouts enough of former CAA star and 2010 seventh-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys, Sean Lissemore, to spend a late-round pick on him.
One sleeper prospect the team might be checking out is cornerback Dontra Peters. He was the team's leading rusher only two seasons ago, but turned around to play cornerback for the first time in 2012. The end result was two Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week awards and an invitation to the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game after the season. He finished with 4 interceptions, 4 more passes defended and 49 tackles. Given his return experience and athleticism to make such an impressive switch, he's also a player to watch.
Of course, it's impossible to tell who the Chiefs are interested in at this point, but these visits at least give some indication of some late round gems you might hear called on the draft's third day.