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Kansas City Chiefs: 2017 NFL Combine Players To Watch

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The Kansas City Chiefs have a roster infused with young studs and aging stars. The Chiefs could look to add a few more talented young players in a loaded draft class. Kansas City holds the 27th overall pick and have several options in the first round. Not only this, but there are some standout players to be had in the later rounds. The 2017 NFL Combine will provide the Chiefs with more clarity as to who is worth taking. Here’s a list of a few players the Chiefs should take note of in this upcoming combine.

Brad Kaaya-QB-University of Miami (FL)

With questions surrounding Alex Smith’s starting job next season, the Chiefs could use a young Quarterback to develop. Even if the Chiefs pull off a trade for Tony Romo, drafting a QB would be a great idea. Romo and Smith alike are both creeping up there in age and won’t be effective for much longer.

Kaaya fits the bill of a young passer to take a gamble on. Last year many believed the Miami signal caller would be a sure-fire first round pick come this draft. Unfortunately, Kaaya struggled this past season and his and his draft stock has taken a serious hit. Many consider Kaaya to be picked sometime on day 2 or even day 3. If the 2015 All-ACC QB is to standout once again, he must have a great showing at the combine.

There is a strong possibility that Watson, Trubisky, Mahomes, and Kizer will all be selected before the Chiefs’ pick at 27. If Kansas City is to find a passer that could develop under Andy Reid, they may have to do so in the later rounds. If Kaaya shows potential at the combine, he could end up being a gem.

JuJu Smith-Schuster-WR-University of Southern California

JuJu Smith is an exceptionally talented receiver who had a disappointing 2016 season. The talent is still there, but the other problem is that he’s not the only great receiver in this draft class. Mike Williams, Corey Davis, John Ross, Dede Westbrook, Zay Jones, Cooper Kupp… the list goes on.

Smith became a household name for college football fans after his incredible sophomore season at USC. Now, the pass-catcher finds himself as the forgotten man in a loaded draft class. Smith has a chance to remind everyone of the freakish athleticism he possesses at the combine. At 6’2” 220 lbs, if Smith can run a sub 4.50 at the combine and show he has improved his footwork, his draft stock could soar.

The Chiefs can use an explosive young wide-out to pair with Tyreek Hill. Jeremy Maclin’s play declined last year and he may even be released this offseason, so replacing him with a receiver of Smith’s caliber could be an excellent idea.

Raekwon McMillan-LB-Ohio State University

With questions surrounding the Chiefs’ Linebackers including Middle Backer Derrick Johnson who is coming off of a serious Achilles injury, MLB is a need for Kansas City. There are several Linebackers who stand out in this year’s class including Reuben Foster of Alabama and Zach Cunningham of Vanderbilt.

Raekwon McMillan is another standout defensive player to come out of Ohio State, but he is not usually mentioned in the same sentence as someone like Foster or Zach Cunningham of Vanderbilt. This is largely because of some mid-season struggles for McMillan in 2016. McMillan is a physical force, but there are some concerns.

The Buckeyes Linebacker isn’t considered particularly quick. This could be an issue as NFL defenses now rely heavily on Middle Linebackers in pass coverage. McMillan has a chance to show he isn’t as slow as some scouts think he is at the combine. If he can do this, expect McMillan to be in play for the Chiefs in the first round.