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Chiefs meet with first round linebacker and defensive lineman at NFL Combine

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The Kansas City Chiefs continue meeting with prospects at the 2017 NFL Combine. We passed along word that the Chiefs interviewed quarterbacks and running backs earlier this week at the Combine. Now they move onto the defense where the Chiefs continue interviewing players at linebacker and defensive line.

BJ Kissel of reports the Chiefs interviewed Florida DL Caleb Brantley and Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham. I’m not that familiar with Brantley, who could be a first round pick. His scouting report says he has the power to potentially play the nose one day. Hmm.

You may have heard of Cunningham as his name has been thrown around as a potential Derrick Johnson replacement. He’s a three-down linebacker who is athletic but scouting reports point to strength questions. Last year, PFF called Cunningham the best linebacker you’ve never heard of.

Temple LB Haason Reddick has also met with the Chiefs. His connection to KC is through Temple, where Andy Reid’s son, Britt, who his now the Chiefs defensive line coach, once coached. “Britt Reid was a good man,” Reddick said via his Combine press conference transcript. “He was one of the few guys on that first coaching staff that was willing to help me out who thought I had potential. I was very appreciative. He always looked out, always tried to give me the opportunity to show what I had.”

For the Mizzou fans, the KC Star’s Terez Paylor reports the Chiefs met with pass rusher Charles Harris. Check out his scouting report here for those unfamiliar.

Terez also adds Ohio pass rusher Tarell Basham to the Chiefs interview list. He came in at 6’3 and 269 pounds but some 3-4 teams are talking about him standing up at outside linebacker. “The teams that run 3-4 defenses ask me how would I feel about playing that outside linebacker position,” Basham said. “I tell them I feel comfortable with it.”