Chiefs Hold Local Pro Day

A Division II cornerback and an offensive tackle from Stanford highlight the invitees to the Chiefs Local Pro Day workout at the team’s facility on Tuesday.

In the run up to the NFL Draft every spring, teams workout hundreds of players in various fashions and forums. After the first 100 or so rated players, it’s a process that becomes a lot like finding a needle in the haystack.

Part of the process includes Local Pro Day, where teams invite players with local or regional roots to their facility for a series of physical exams and tests. This is over and above the 30 allocated visits that each NFL team can have with other players that are part of the draft pool.

Thanks to kcchiefs.com, we know the 18 players that have been invited to the Local Pro Day. They come from 12 different schools at four different levels of college football. For many of the players this will be the last time football is a big part of their life.

But others will get a shot at the NFL, and that includes Northwest Missouri CB Ryan Jones (right) and Stanford OT Derek Hall. In fact, it would be a shock if Jones’ name is not called during the 250+ choices at the end of this month.

As part of that remarkable program at Northwest, the 5-11, 198-pound Jones played in 56 games over the last four years for the Bearcats. He had 199 total tackles and 14 interceptions. Combine that with his physical tools, including a 4.4 time in the 40-yard dash and a 40-inch vertical jump, and that’s a template NFL teams love to see on the corner. \

When he wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine back in February it was a surprise, but that figures to be corrected come the three-day 2011 NFL Draft.

Hall is part of the proceedings because he played his high school football at Rockhurst, when his family lived in Overland Park. The family has since moved to Harrisburg, PA and sadly his mother passed away 21 months ago.

After starting his career on the defensive line, Hall moved to offense and right tackle in 2010 and he turned in a big season as the Cardinal went 11-1 under head coach Jim Harbaugh. At 6-5, 305 pounds and with his athletic skills the only thing that kept Hall from the NFL Combine was his inexperienced on the offensive side of the ball.

The other Division 1-FBS players attending the Local Pro Day were All-Big 12 LB Andrew Gachkar from Missouri and Blue Valley West High School and Wyoming WR David Leonard from Shawnee Mission West. Gachkar has attracted some attention because of his size and speed – he’s 6-2ΒΌ, 233 pounds and was timed in the 40 at 4.56 seconds.

There were two Division 1-FCS players taking part – Southern Illinois LB Stephen Franklin and C Erik Dahl from Missouri State. Franklin played high school ball at North Kansas City, with Dahl playing at Shawnee Mission Northwest.

On the Division II level there were nine players in the workout. Joining Jones from Northwest Missouri were LB Willie Horn, DB Marcus Martin and DB Justin Welch. Other Division II invitees were Pittsburg State P Jared Witter, Washburn OL Ian Vistine, Central Missouri TE/FB Demarco Cosby and both TE/FB Beau Gadwood and QB Mike Garrison from Ft. Hays State.

Coming out of NAIA ball were DB Willie Griffin and LB Jake Duren from Mid-America Nazarene and a pair of former William Jewell players, LB J.R. Bryant and RB Jake Lynch.

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