We are tracking draft prospects that have connections to the Kansas City Chiefs and a few notes from various sources (NFL, WalterFootball and Arrowhead Pride) on each.
If you see a prospect connected to the Chiefs that has not appeared on this list, please leave a note in the comment section.
Western Kentucky TE Deon Yelder
One-year wonder who lacks desired height and length but who plays with some grit as a run blocker. Yelder appears to offer some early straight line speed, but he may be too tight in his lower half to be able to shake coverage underneath with separation out of his route breaks. He flashes potential as a run blocker but lacks consistency of technique from game to game. Yelder doesn’t stand out in any one phase, but it stands to reason that he should continue to improve in all areas with more experience and coaching.
UCF CB Mike Hughes
UCF CB Mike Hughes (5101/189/4.53) had 7 NFL visits lined up with #Bears, #Vikings, #Eagles, #Packers, #Buccaneers, #Chiefs, #Panthers. Could go anywhere from 14-32? Plays much faster than he timed at Indy: https://t.co/SZZtVSPBAQ pic.twitter.com/NWA6CuUSXD— Kevin Brown (@nfldraftnik) April 7, 2018
An all-state pick from Bern, North Carolina, Hughes signed on with home-state UNC for the 2015 season. He played in 11 games as a reserve that year, making 12 tackles and breaking up three passes. Hughes was suspended in October, however, for violating team rules after being part of an incident at a fraternity house. His time with the Tar Heels was over, so he attended Garden City Community College in 2016, earning national junior college All-American honors with 47 tackles, two interceptions, six pass breakups, and three return touchdowns. UCF Head Coach Scott Frost convinced Hughes to join UCF for the 2017 season, and his play was a big reason for the team’s undefeated record. He started 12 of 13 contests, garnering first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors as a defensive back (44 tackles, four interceptions -- one returned for a touchdown, team-high 11 pass breakups) and second-team accolades as a returner (20 attempts, 635 yards, two touchdowns on kick returns; 13 attempts, 233 yards, one touchdown on punt returns).
UCLA WR Jordan Lasley
Lasley showed great potential during his days at UCLA, coming off a high school career at Serra High School in the Los Angeles metro area. He’s also had issues resulting in multiple suspensions over the past four years, two arrests in 2016 for possession of alcohol and presenting a fake ID at a club. Lasley was also suspended for three games in 2017, breaking up an extremely productive year where he caught 69 passes for 1,264 yards and nine touchdowns in just nine games. He was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 by league coaches after the regular season, following two double-digit catch, 200-yard efforts in rivalry games against USC and California. Lasley started four of 11 games as a sophomore, grabbing 41 passes for 620 yards and five touchdowns, and returned a blocked punt for a score as well. He played in nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2015, making three catches for 17 yards.
Yale LB Foye Oluokun
The Chiefs are bringing in Yale LB Foye Oluokun for a visit, per a league source— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) April 4, 2018
2017: Second Team All-Ivy League... Robert Gardner Anderson Award (Yale)... Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week and College Sports Madness Ivy Player of the Week against Penn... Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week against Harvard... Started all ten games at linebacker... Second on the team with 50 total tackles... Had Season high 10 tackles at Penn
Memphis QB Riley Ferguson
Riley Ferguson is flying to Kansas City today to meet with the Chiefs. Panthers on Friday. Anthony Miller says he’s met with several teams and is hearing good things. #MemphisTigersProDay— Sudu Upadhyay (@SuduUpadhyay) April 3, 2018
In 2017, Ferguson completed 63 percent of his passes for 4,257 yards with 36 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Sources say that Ferguson is skinny and needs to fill out his frame for the NFL. That was given further proof at the East-West Shrine, where Ferguson looked very thin. He could be a late-round pick who starts out his career as a third-string quarterback.
Villanova CB Malik Reaves
Villanova cornerback Malik Reaves visits the Kansas City Chiefs today, according to league source, before Texans' local day Saturday, then visits Oakland Raiders on April 11th, Jacksonville Jaguars April 12, Philadelphia Eagles April 14— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 3, 2018
Reaves came to Philadelphia as an All-State pick from Jacksonville, Florida and immediately found himself contributing for the Wildcats. He played in 13 games, starting nine, as a true freshman (37 tackles, three pass breakups). In 2015, Reaves was named second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association, posting 41 stops, 1.5 for loss, one interception and two pass breakups in 11 games (10 starts). He started all 11 games as a junior (45 tackles, 2.5 for loss, one interception, two pass break-ups) before again landing second-team All-Conference notice with 58 tackles, two interceptions, and two pass break-ups.
Central Arkansas CB Tremon Smith
#CentralArkansas CB Tremon Smith is a popular guy these days. Top-30 visits set up with the #Browns, #Eagles, #Raiders, #Colts and #Chiefs. Excellent ball production. Tested really well. Looking more and more like a draft pick.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) April 3, 2018
Smith was the Alabama 3A High School Player of the Year at quarterback, but also shined as a defensive back. UCA coaches lined him up on defense as a true freshman in all 12 games, and he led the team with three interceptions while breaking up four passes. Smith started all 11 games in 2015, garnering first-team All-Southland Conference honors after recording 51 tackles, three for loss, tied for the team lead with five interceptions and broke up 12 passes. He was a first-team all-conference pick in 2016 (13 starts, 35 tackles, two interceptions, 11 pass breakups, 25 punt returns for 224 yards) and 2017 (41 tackles, 2.5 for loss, five interceptions (one touchdown), 11 pass breakups, 14 punt returns for 71 yards). The Associated Press recognized his talents after last season, as well, naming him a third-team FCS All-American.
UCF OL Aaron Evans
Evans has grown into a man over the past four years in Orlando, much as the UCF program made a leap into the national consciousness during that time. The Florida native gained 60 pounds since arriving on campus, becoming a sturdy tackle that earned first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors from league coaches in 2017, helping the Golden Knights go from 0-12 to a 12-0 start in three years. Evans was a top-100 guard prospect nationally coming out of high school, but he actually started one game at right tackle, playing in 12, in his redshirt freshman season. He was the only offensive player to start all 12 games in the winless 2015 season, beginning each contest at left tackle. Evans started 12 of 13 games played at left tackle the next season, setting up his excellent senior campaign. His 2017 season ended on a sour note, though, as he was unable to play in the Peach Bowl against Auburn due to injury.
KU EDGE Dorance Armstrong
Via our own Kent Swanson:
Prospects with rare athleticism, high motors and high character are the projects worth investing in. Armstrong is just that. He is the kind of project that could be used in sub packages early and grow within the process. He would be an immediate presence on special teams and can be asked to play a variety of roles early in that space. While he needs to develop his repertoire of pass-rush moves and be more consistent with technique and assignment, he should be able to provide some production while he’s learning.
I would argue pass rush is the biggest need for the team this offseason. Armstrong would be a great addition.
Maryland LB Jermaine Carter
Maryland LB Jermaine Carter (4.69, 6-1, 222, 34.5 vertical, 9-4 broad jump), has top 30 visits with Eagles, Chiefs, Steelers, Jets. Has met with LBs coaches for Panthers and Giants; has talked with Patriots, Titans and Chargers— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 29, 2018
“Pee Wee” Carter has been a big story for the Terrapins the past three seasons. He played as a reserve in all 13 games of his redshirt freshman season (27 tackles, led team with two forced fumbles) before taking on that leadership role. Carter was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2015, starting all 12 games at middle linebacker and leading the Terps with 103 tackles (13 for loss). He was a repeat honorable mention all-conference selection the following year, racking up 112 tackles in the middle, nine for loss, and six sacks to go along with an interception, four pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. Carter was a team captain each of his final two years on campus, including his senior season when earning the team’s Defensive Player of the Year award and honorable mention All-Big Ten notice (team-high 90 tackles, 3.5 sacks; conference-high four fumbles).
OHIO LB Quentin Poling
Poling finished the regular season with 102 total tackles and 47 solo stops, both team highs. Poling set the Ohio career record with 219 solo tackles and ranks 10th on the career tackle chart with 370. Poling leads the squad with 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He also has three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries this season. - Ohio Football
Northern Iowa WR Daurice Fountain
Northern Iowa WR Daurice Fountain pro day results:— Connor (@ConnorNFLDraft) March 25, 2018
4.48 40 yard dash
42.5 vertical jump!!!!!
11’2” broad jump!!!!
Has official visits set with #Cowboys #Jaguars #Ravens #Rams #Colts #Bengals #Eagles #Cardinals #Chiefs #Redskins and more coming in. #NFLDraft
Fountain was a four-year contributor for the Panthers coming out of Wisconsin, where he was an All-State pick and the Wisconsin State Journal’s Male Athlete of the Year for the Madison area as a senior. He played in all 14 games as a reserve in 2014 (10-117, one touchdown). Fountain led the team in receiving as a sophomore (41-604, five touchdowns) for the first of three straight seasons after starting 13 of 14 games played. In 2016, he started all 11 games, catching 33 passes for 413 yards and five scores. Fountain’s offense used him to a tee as a senior, allowing him to snare 66 throws for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns and earn first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors.
Northern Arizona WR Elijah Marks
Northern Arizona WR Elijah Marks met with 24 teams at his pro day and is reported to meet with the Buccaneers, Bears, Chiefs, and Cardinals this week. pic.twitter.com/IHjScizYP0— 2018 NFL Draft (@NFLDraft_2018) March 15, 2018
Thin receiver who lacks the consistent play speed to play outside. Marks has posted quality production and plays with good energy and toughness, but he lacks the play strength and explosiveness in his routes to expect to uncover against NFL talent. He does have some talent after the catch and has experience as a return man, but those qualities may not be enough to make it in the league.
Kansas State WR Byron Pringle
K-State WR Byron Pringle ripped it up at his pro day today. Ran blazing 40 times of 4.32 and 4.38. Is also working out out for the Chiefs tomorrow, per a source.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 13, 2018
In 2017, Pringle averaged a sparkling 24.1 yards per reception. He totaled 724 yards and six touchdowns on 30 receptions on the year. Pringle also averaged 26 yards per kick return with a touchdown. In 2016, he averaged 29 yards per kick return and one score. Pringle went the junior college route after some off-the-field issues and will enter the NFL older than most rookies, as he is already 24.