INDIANAPOLIS, IN – If there is a physical test that can project a future Chiefs draft pick, it might be one that measures hops.
In three drafts under GM Scott Pioli, the Chiefs have plucked some of the NFL Combine’s best jumpers.
Three years ago, the Chiefs made Ohio State cornerback
In Pioli’s second draft, the Chiefs selected
Last year, the Chiefs selected Pittsburgh wide receiver
Baldwin, Berry and Washington couldn’t just sky. They could leap as well.
Washington posted the best broad jump at the 2009 Combine with an 11’3” lead. Berry’s broad jump of 10’10” placed him second overall in 2010. Baldwin’s broad jump of 10’9” ranked as the fifth-best Combine total in 2011.
Maybe it’s all a coincidence. Either way, the Chiefs preference for jumpers is interesting and worth keeping an eye on as Combine results tally throughout the week.
Here’s a look back at the NFL Combine performance of every Chiefs draft pick under Pioli.
2011 Draft Class
WR Jonathan Baldwin, 26th Overall Pick
Baldwin came to the Combine aiming to run his 40-yard dash in the 4.3 range. Instead, Baldwin ran a 4.49 second 40-yard time. He also drew some criticism after falling down during a receiving drill. Regardless, his height and leaping ability had teams predicting he’d be a Red Zone terror.
|Height||6'4"||Bench (225 lbs.)||20|
With many knocking his size, Hudson worked hard to bulk up before the Combine. After playing his senior season at 285 pounds, Hudson tipped the scales at 299 pounds in Indianapolis.
|Height||6'2"||Bench (225 lbs.)||27|
Physically, Houston was impressive. He out-ran and out-jumped linebackers that weighed 20 pounds lighter. He finished second among all linebackers in the bench press, second in the broad jump, posted the fourth-best vertical jump and the seventh-best 40-yard time. However, his draft stock fell after flunking a drug test in Indianapolis.
|Height||6'3"||Bench (225 lbs.)||30|
“Billy Bicep” posted good Combine numbers, but left some teams concerned after reporting to the Combine at just 275 pounds.
|Height||6'3"||Bench (225 lbs.)||27|
A bigger cornerback, many teams were interested to see how Brown moved during position drills and whether he’d fit better as a corner or safety at the pro level.
|Height||6'1"||Bench (225 lbs.)||24|
Pre-draft quarterback forecasts are always interesting. Pro Football Weekly had Stanzi ranked as the third-best draftable quarterback prior to the Combine behind Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker. Rated behind Stanzi was eventual No. 1 pick Cam Newton.
A few other publications had Stanzi listed as the ninth-best QB prospect. Unlike many of the other quarterbacks, Stanzi opted to throw for scouts in Indianapolis.
|Height||6'4"||Bench (225 lbs.)||n/a|
Miller did not receive a Combine invitation.
Powe was one of the 60 players Kansas City selected for a 15-minute one-on-one interview during the 2011 NFL Combine.
|Height||6'2"||Bench (225 lbs.)||27|
Bannon did not receive a Combine invitation.
2010 Draft Class
S Eric Berry, 5th Overall Pick
Berry wanted to sell himself as the No. 1 overall pick at the Combine. Though he didn’t succeed with that goal, it wasn’t because of a lackluster Combine performance.
|Height||6'1"||Bench (225 lbs.)||19|
McCluster didn’t run particularly well in Indianapolis. Measurements have never been a strong suit of the shifty speedster, but his 4.58 40-yard time was a disappointment. While it ranked 10th among running backs, it wasn’t near the top times of wide receivers.
|Height||5'8"||Bench (225 lbs.)||20|
Arenas missed the majority of Combine drills after tweaking his right hamstring while running his first 40-yard dash.
|Height||5'8"||Bench (225 lbs.)||N/A|
Asamoah did not workout at the Combine because of a shoulder injury suffered at the Senior Bowl.
Moeaki’s 4.69 40-yard dash tied for fourth fastest among tight ends and his 9’5” broad jump tied for fifth best. The big question surrounding Moeaki wasn’t his physical tests, but his durability.
|Height||6'3"||Bench (225 lbs.)||18|
Lewis’ draft stock took at dive at the Combine when he ran a 4.73 second 40-yard dash. The time killed him and his status dropped like a stone. Lewis’ Combine loss ended up being Kansas City’s gain.
|Height||6'1"||Bench (225 lbs.)||16|
A former 4-3 college defensive end, scouts of 3-4 defenses wanted to see if Sheffield’s athleticism translated as an outside linebacker.
|Height||6'3"||Bench (225 lbs.)||N/A|
2009 Draft Class
NFL teams loved Jackson’s physical makeup after the Combine and heading into the NFL Draft.
|Height||6'4"||Bench (225 lbs.)||N/A|
DL Alex Magee, 67th Overall Pick
Magee had a solid workout at the Combine. NFL teams, especially those running a 3-4 defense, loved Magee’s versatility as a tackle and an end.
|Height||6'2"||Bench (225 lbs.)||30|
CB Donald Washington, 102nd Overall Pick
Washington jumped through the roof, setting an NFL Combine record that still stands with a 45.0-inch vertical leap.
|Height||6'1"||Bench (225 lbs.)||9|
OL Colin Brown, 139th Overall Pick
Brown did not receive a Combine invitation.
WR Quinten Lawrence, 175th Overall Pick
In Indianapolis, Lawrence was still nursing a lower leg injury that cost him the majority of his senior season at McNeese State.
|Height||6'0"||Bench (225 lbs.)||20|
RB Javarris Williams, 212th Overall Pick
Williams ran well with a 223-pound frame and showed enough strength for the Chiefs to take a seventh-round flier on the small school prospect.
|Height||5'10"||Bench (225 lbs.)||25|
TE Jake O’Connell, 237th Overall Pick
O’Connell did not receive a Combine invitation.
Succop did not receive a Combine invitation.