KCCD Editor: Jason Madson
Starting with this post, I’ll be giving the readers an inside look at which games and prospects I am watching each week. You will get notes on each game and player I think could be a good fit for the Chiefs, based on the current construction and contract lengths of members of the Chiefs roster. This will be an ever changing update as more games are played.
This post also serves as a great guide for game times and where they are televised. Times are all central time, because this is Chiefs country! Head inside and enjoy.
Miami Hurricanes @ Kansas State Wildcats (FX)
Look at LBs Arthur Brown and Justin Tuggle for the Wildcats. Each of these players would be a nice fit for the Chiefs style. Tuggle was impressive last week rushing the passer. Kansas State also has a few defensive backs that should get a look in Nigel Malone, Allen Chapman and Ty Zimmerman.
The offensive side of the ball for the Wildcats has one guy I like for the Chiefs, Jr left tackle Cornelius Lucas. He’s a giant with long arms and good feet. He dominated the Missouri State Bears last week, looking forward to seeing him step up against better competition.
The Miami cupboard is a more empty than it has been in years. Right tackle Seantrel Henderson was a top recruit that hasn’t lived up to expectations at The U. Want to see him handle KState’s pass rushing DE Meshak Williams. Cornerback Ladarius Gunter is another prospect I’m looking forward to watching.
NC State @ UCONN (ESPN3)
NC State QB Mike Glennon needs to step his game up in this one. He struggled last week vs Tennessee, but UCONN isn’t the same caliber of opponent. Protecting Glennon will be center Cam Wentz and Left tackle RJ Mattes, the Chiefs may need to add to their depth in both spots next year, depending on what is done with Branden Albert.
The Wolfpack defense is loaded with talent. Defensive end Brian Slay is a Pioli type player. The secondary has a prospect at every position. Look at top cornerback prospect David Amerson to take a step forward after last weeks dreadful performance.
UCONN has one prospect that I’m interested in, tight end Ryan Griffin. He’s a big target that can move.
Auburn @ Mississippi State (ESPN)
Auburn has a few players on each side of the ball that should be on the Chiefs radar. Offensively, look at running back Onterio McCalebb, WR Emory Blake and TE Phillip Lutzenkirchen. My favorite of that bunch is Lutzenkirchen. He’s a tough, do-it-all tight end.
Defensively, Auburn has a front line pass rusher in Corey Lemonier. I know the Chiefs have Hali and Houston, but it’s always good to stock pile the pass rushers. Defensive backs T’Sharvan Bell and Demetruce McNeal are 2 more players that I like on the Tigers.
Mississippi State has a JR QB that interests me. Tyler Russell takes the job full-time this year and it should be a great thing for MSU. He has some help on offense in WR Chad Bumphis and left guard Gabe Jackson.
MSU has some talent on defense too. JUCO transfer Denico Autry is a junior, but he has the skills to be a force in the SEC. Cornerback Johnthan Banks is one of the nations best defensive backs. He has the ability to man up and shut down his side of the field.
Austin Peay @ Virginia Tech (ESPN3)
This game features 2 positions that the Chiefs should be looking to upgrade next year: QB and LB/pass rush.
VaTech QB Logan Thomas is one of my favorite players in the country. He’s big, has a nice arm and can create with his feet. Thomas struggled with accuracy last week, but look for a big game here. His top target, WR Marcus Davis, is another talented prospect. He is a huge target that can go up and get it and has deep speed to burn. Davis could be a Bowe replacement.
The Hokies are loaded at linebacker and pass rush. James Gayle, JR Collins and Bruce Taylor should all receive looks from the needy Chiefs.
Missouri State @ Louisville (ESPN3)
I had the opportunity to scout the MO State game live last week and came away impressed with a few players. LB Nate Davis is a tackling machine. QB Ashton Glaser looked great at times and WR Caddarius Dotson was an open field nightmare.
Louisville has some players that aren’t yet eligible for that draft that I really like in QB Teddy Bridgewater and offensive guard Jake Smith. This post is about the guys that are eligible though. Offensively there is center Mario Benavides and running back Dominique Brown. If you can’t tell, I want KC to upgrade the interior depth, which they have zero this year. Running back is also a concern after Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis.
Preston Brown is a linebacker for the Cardinals that I really like. He’s a junior, but somebody to take note of. Adrian Bushell and Hakeem Smith are defensive backs to keep an eye on. I’m not sold on the Chiefs depth in the secondary either.
Florida @ Texas A&M (ESPN)
Jelani Jenkins and Jon Bostic are linebackers for the Gators. Each one could see a spot in the Kansas City defense, Bostic possibly now. Not as a starter, but would be a depth upgrade over what is currently on the roster. Sharrif Floyd could step in as a replacement for either Tyson Jackson or Glenn Dorsey. SS Matt Elam could be another piece in the secondary for the Chiefs.
Gators left tackle Xavier Nixon and running back Mike Gillislee are worth watching as the Chiefs will need upgrades in the depth department next season.
TAMU has some big time talent on each side of the ball. We’ve been talking offensive tackles in this post, and A&M has 2 of the best in Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews. Breaking in a new QB is a bit easier with these 2 talents. Christine Michael, when healthy, is among the countries best backs. Health is a big question mark with him though.
Rice @ Kansas (Fox Sports MW)
Some may laugh at this game being included, but each of these teams has some NFL talent. Rice has the Youtube sensation Sam McGuffie, who has made the move to WR. TE Luke Wilson is another target that interests me in this game. Defensively, Rice has linebacker Cameron Nwosu back from injury and safety Paul Porras behind him.
Kansas is solid on the left side of the offensive line. Look at left tackle Tanner Hawkinson and left guard Duane Zlatnik. Former QB, now WR Kale Pick has some solid hands. Throwing him the ball is former Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist.
KU has some solid defenders as well. Look for DE Josh Williams, a Nebraska transfer, and Toben Opurum to put some heat on the QB. Speedy, but small linebacker Tunde Bakare is another talent on the Jayhawks roster. The secondary has safety Bradley McDougald.
Washington @ LSU (ESPN)
I’m wanting to see Washington QB Keith Price do some work against the talented LSU defense. On the Huskies defense, we look at cornerback Desmond Trufant to make a few plays.
LSU is loaded on both sides of the ball. Offensive tackle Chris Faulk was injured and out for the season, which is a huge loss. The offensive line still has 2 prospects in right tackle Alex Hurst and center PJ Lonergan. QB Zach Mettenberger is another Tiger to watch.
Defense is the name of the game in Baton Rouge. Along the front 4, check out the pressure that DE’s Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo get on the QB. Bennie Logan is a monster on the defensive line. Kevin Minter is a big time player in the middle. The secondary has Tharold Simon and Eric Reid making plays.
Georgia @ Mizzou (ESPN2 and I am scouting this game live from the pressbox)
Watching from the pressbox, I’ll be mainly checking out the skill positions on the outside. Then check out the DVR for the line play when I get home.
Mizzou has talent everywhere on the field. Look at left tackle Elvis Fisher, running back Kendial Lawrence and TJ Moe on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, check out the trash talking DT Sheldon Richardson, who has the skills to be a big time prospect. Kony Ealy and Michael Sam are impressive DEs that can get good pressure on the QB. Linebacker is a strength with Zaviar Gooden and Andrew Wilson making plays. EJ Gaines is a talented corner for the Tigers.
Georgia is solid up front on the offensive line. Look at left tackle Kenarious Gates and right guard Chris Burnette. They will be protecting talented QB Aaron Murray. Murray’s targets include WR Tavarres King and Malcolm Mitchell.
The Dawgs play a 3-4 base defense, so these guys get what the Chiefs are trying to do. The front 3 has a prospect at every spot. Look at Abry Jones, John Jenkins, Cornelius Washington and Kwame Geathers. Those 4 are going to make it tough for Mizzou to get much going. Jarvis Jones is one of the best pass rushers in the country. Cornerback Branden Smith and safety Shawn Williams are talents in the secondary.
Oklahoma State @ Arizona (PAC12 Network)
Oklahoma State seems to just plug and play. Gundy has it figured out down in Stillwater.
The Cowboys have some talent on offense, but can’t see them having another first round pick. Running back Joseph Randle , WR Tracy Moore and right guard Lane Taylor will be watched closely in this one.
Okie State has a few talents on defense as well. Cornerbacks Justin Gilbert and Brodrick Brown are 2 talented defensive backs. Gilbert is a return specialist as well. Middle linebacker Caleb Lavey was solid last year. Looking forward to seeing his progression this year.
OVERVIEW FOR WEEK 2
As you can tell, I am not comfortable with the Chiefs depth at many positions. Would like to see an upgrade in the starting lineup at inside linebacker and possibly QB if the right player were available. With this info, you can scout with me and tell me your thoughts on these players and any other prospects or positions you may have noticed. Comments are welcome, so as you’re watching give us your thoughts.