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Chiefs Continue to Find Value and Add Players Who Competed in Senior Bowl

Posted May 1, 2017

The Senior Bowl continues to be a huge part of the Chiefs’ evaluation process

The Senior Bowl continues to be a big part of the evaluation process for general manager John Dorsey and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The postseason all-star game attracts some of the best prospects in the country.

In 11 of the last 12 years, there were at least 82 players drafted by NFL teams who competed during the week of practices in Mobile, Alabama.

(Former Villanova DL Tanoh Kpassagnon and Toledo RB Kareem Hunt at the 2017 Senior Bowl)

This year, there were 85 players drafted who competed in the Senior Bowl, and with 253 players being selected during the 2017 NFL Draft overall—that means one-third of all players drafted were down in Mobile at the end of January.

Over the past five years leading the Chiefs, Dorsey has drafted at least one player who competed in the Senior Bowl every year and eight players in total.

There are 15 players currently on the Chiefs roster who competed in the Senior Bowl in their respective draft years. 

Current Chiefs Who Played in Senior Bowl

Year

Player

Position

College

2005

Colquitt, Dustin

P

Tennessee

2006

Hali, Tamba

OLB

Penn State

2011

Bailey, Allen

DL

Miami (Fla.)

2012

Schwartz, Mitch

OL

Cal

2012

Reyes, Kendall

DL

Connecticut

2013

Greene, Khaseem

OLB

Rutgers

2013

Hughes, Montori

DL

Tennessee-Martin

2013

Fisher, Eric

OL

Central Michigan

2014

Huff, Marqueston

DB

Wyoming

2014

Ford, Dee

OLB

Auburn

2015

Nelson, Steven

DB

Oregon State

2016

Murray, Eric

DB

Minnesota

2016

Nicolas, Dadi

OLB

Virginia Tech

2017

Hunt, Kareem

RB

Toledo

2017

Kpassagnon, Tanoh

DL

Villanova

“It’s the number one all-star game on the circuit,” Dorsey said of the Senior Bowl. “The ability to have some of the finest football players in this draft class be at that bowl game speaks to the quality of what it represents. It’s that first chance to really assess guys. Certain guys stand out to you, and that makes you do your due diligence and research even harder and see what really makes them click.

“I think this year, there were a couple of guys there that popped out, and I wanted to do more research on. We got some players out of that bowl game and that’s always a good thing.”

The Chiefs took Villanova defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon in the second round, and then selected Toledo running back Kareem Hunt in the fourth round—both players were considered standouts during Senior Bowl week this year.

Hunt was named the North team’s MVP of the game after carrying the ball 15 times for 118 yards, also adding one catch for 11 yards.

Kpassagnon finished with two tackles, including one for loss and a sack.

The Senior Bowl is the last time these players are evaluated for what they’ll be asked to do when they get to the NFL—to put on the pads and play football.

After the Senior Bowl, the rest of the pre-draft evaluating is done with the players wearing shorts. 

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