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Rookie Camp - The 2014 3rd Day Kansas City Chiefs


Ryan Tracy

The Post Draft wrap concludes with the look at the 3rd day selections by the Kansas City Chiefs.

It is often difficult to get a good idea of the future career path for these draftees. They all show merits and deficits. Let’s face it; if they were outstanding at their current level of play, they would have been drafted on the one of the preceding 2 days.

So, for these players, the key question is can they build on what talent and production they have had to improve. The day they sign their contact, as both 2014 6th round choices have done, as of today; is the first day they can begin to develop themselves into a better player.

Its possible that not all of these players will even make the 53-man roster, but those who do will have put there past accomplishments aside and worked to become better at their chosen career.

DeAnthony Thomas

His profile is higher than you would expect for a man that stands 5’8”. He has created quite a highlight reel from his days as an Oregon Duck. The country, and certainly the NFL, is well aware of this playmaking ability. He can bring an immediate impact to the Special Teams return packages, just as Dexter McCluster did.

What strikes me about him is that he attacks the defense. When watching film on DAT, 2 things stuck out at me. Firstly, he shows ability and aggression between the tackles. He displays willingness to run inside. He uses his shiftiness to effect on inside linebackers well, consistently gaining positive.

Secondly, he uses downfield blockers very well. His cuts against blockers remind me of Jamaal. If he can get into space, he will make an impact.

There are 2 concerns, can he remain durable against NFL defenses and production. He is small and there is legitimate concern about how he will hold up against faster, stronger defenders than he saw in the Pac12. It can be done. McCluster, who is not much more stout, was able to play at this level effectively.

The bigger concern was that DAT’s offensive production fell off very season he was in college. Some must be attributed to losing his headcoach/playcaller, but it is a trend. He finished his last year at Oregon with a career low 6.2 yds/carry. That sounds like a very good number until you realize the 2 preceding years he was at 8.36 and 11.9 ypc.

Aaron Murray

There is a lot to like about this selection. Murray is a proven leader in a pro style offense was very successful in the most competitive NCAA conference. He has played against a large group of current NFL players.

He is Andy Reid’s kind of guy. A four-year starter in NFL style offense, he was consistent in his passing, throwing for at least 3000 yards and 24 touchdowns per season. His best production came in 2012, with 3893 yds and 36 touchdowns thrown.

Unlike a lot of NCAA passers, Murrays took snaps from under center and ran an offense that used similar terminology and was based on the West coast offense that Reid runs. After 4 years experience and a good amount of success he should have an easier transition to Reid’s offense than a lot of the other 2014 draft quarterbacks.

I will have a deeper look at his performance up next week, check back for that.

Another trait he has a common with Andy Reid’s quarterbacks, is that he can scramble. In 2013, he ran for seven touchdowns.

Zach Fulton

Another four-year starter in college, he played on a well-equipped line at Tennessee that included one JuWuan James and Antonio Richards. He also played with the Chiefs third string quarterback Tyler Bray.

Like Bray, he was plagued with the fact that he ran 3 offenses in four years. Well termed athletic by some scouts, is a strong and physical blocker best to lay down field man-based blocking scheme. On tape, shows decent acceleration on counters and screens, but his average when blocking in space. Well he certainly has areas to develop; he is best suited as the strong side run blocking guard. He will have to improve his athleticism in space to be able to pull the block consistently at the NFL level. But given the players already on the roster at right guard, he should be in the mix to compete for the starting job.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

Well as being selected by Kanasas city in the 7th round for the NFL draft, Duvernay-Tardif was selected by the Stampeders in the 3rd round of CFL draft.

He is an athlete, but is raw. When looking his pro day results, you see a player that is more explosive than the majority of the O-lineman selected in the 2014 draft. In fact, his Explosive Index rating (Rogue REI) is the best of the 2014 lineman, save for Joel Bitonio (Guard, Browns).

Duvernay-Tardif is likely to begin camp at the Right tackle spot and work to try and make the roster as the swing Tackle, given he has experience at both tackle positions. And like Bitonio, there has even been some speculation that Duvernay-Tardif could possibly move inside to guard. That idea is intriguing as well because his athleticism could lend itself very well to all the things that Fulton (and Linkenbach) will be challenged by.

If Reid employs the “best 5 lineman will play” philosophy, look for Duvernay-Tardif to be in the discussion simply due to his athleticism.

Ryan Tracy, Chiefs Team Analyst for Pro Football Spot

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Ryan is finding his audience on Twitter, be sure to follow him and @spot_chiefs.

 

Ryan's is once again, @RFT9K

 

Great, stuff.

 

What a tough name:

 

loh-RON DOOVER-nay-TAR-dif

 

Hard not to like that kid... He just signed with the Chiefs, along with  Zach Fulton.

 

Getting it done early.

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That is definitely a tough name for American English.  But he speaks French as his first language, must be easier.

 

I hear the Scouts/Coaches are calling him "Doc Larry".  Awesome.

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Aaron Murray is CLUTCH. He's a solid, solid late round pickup. I'd be excited to have him on your roster. Will be interesting to see Bray and Murray battle it out, considering I had countless arguments with GA fans over who was more talented while they were in college. 

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WIthout the ACL, He may have been drafted on day 2, making him a bargain for his developmental possibilities. 

I think camp will be a pretty good battle. They are quite different quarterback types.

 

And I will have a look at both of them next week.

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The Chiefs had some great picks in the later rounds. I love Rounds 4-7, it's where good GMs make their money. For where he was drafted, Murray could pay major dividends.

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With a limited amount of picks, Dorsey/Reid did very well.  Reid made so many playoff runs with the Eagles because of drafts like this, you don't reach and fill needs, you draft best available.  

 

As far as Murray, my bold prediction is the Chiefs find a way to IR him all year due to the ACL so they can still keep 4 QBs this year, and just keep him in the classroom this year learning.  

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The Chiefs had some great picks in the later rounds. I love Rounds 4-7, it's where good GMs make their money. For where he was drafted, Murray could pay major dividends.

 

Those fifth rounders are tricky.

 

People said similar things about Rick(-y) Stanzi. But he never developed.

 

I think Murray is a much better prospect. He played well against some great competition at Georgia.

 

I'd be interested in hearing Sanders Commings and Justin Houston talk about Murray.

 

The Chiefs draft is growing on me... Every year no matter how much I prepare. It seems I'm always asking, "Who?" 

 

When the Chiefs pick... 

 

But we knew who Arron Murray was. Exciting pick for the Chiefs.

 

Love the Ford pick as well. Sure I would have loved Jordan Matthews, but at least the Chiefs got some potential unique players at every spot in the draft.

 

Love it.

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