Last week we brought you the top five senior prospects that Chiefs VP of Player Personnel Bill Kuharich had seen in his travels through college football this fall.
Now, here’s the top five of Chuck Cook, the Chiefs director of college scouting. Kuharich and Cook split up the top programs in the country and if one didn’t see a prospect, the other did. That’s along with the area scouts and the tape evaluations the Chiefs build in the file for each prospect.
The only school where both Kuharich and Cook both spent time at was Southern Cal, and that shows up in Chuck’s top five picks.
Now remember, this is all just one part of the scouting puzzle. Underclassmen are not included at this time because they have not yet had the opportunity to declare for the NFL Draft. Last year, 17 underclassmen were taken in the first round, so this is by no means is the top of the Chiefs draft board.
At this time, this is for entertainment purposes only, so please, no wagering.
Here’s the top five from the travels of Chuck Cook:
T Michael Oher/Mississippi 6-5, 320 pounds.
At Ole Miss, Oher has been a starter since his freshman season. That first year he worked at right guard, but they moved him to left tackle his sophomore year and he’s started 36 consecutive games there. He will wind up his career in the Cotton Bowl when Mississippi plays Texas Tech. “He’s got the best feet I’ve seen in years for an offensive lineman,” Cook said of Oher. “He’s very physically gifted and there really isn’t anything he can’t do at left tackle. I can’t imagine anything other than major injury that would keep him from coming into the league and playing well at left tackle for the next 10 or 12 years.”
CB Malcolm Jenkins/Ohio State 6-0, 200 pounds.
One of the best two or three overall athletes in this senior class, Jenkins has the whole package to play the corner in the NFL. He’s fast, strong, quick and has good ball skills. He can jam receivers at the line and then turn and follow them down the field. He’ll wrap up his college career in the Fiesta Bowl against Texas and so far this season he has 54 total tackles, one sack and three interceptions. “He’s a very physical player,” Cook said of Jenkins. “But that’s just part of the whole package with him. He’s what you are looking for at the corner.”
LB Rey Maualuga/Southern Cal 6-2, 260 pounds.
In 11 games this season for the Trojans defense, Maualuga had 73 total tackles and two interceptions. He’s a big, physical man who plays with great intensity and enjoys the contact aspect of football. “With his aggressiveness and temperament he could bring to a defense the same thing that Shawne Merriman brought to San Diego when he went down there,” said Cook. “He’s very good inside, plus he can run. He can cover the field inside to out.”
LB Brian Cushing/Southern Cal 6-4, 255 pounds.
Cushing has played defensive end and strong-side LB in his time at Southern Cal. He’s aggressive and explosive and the only thing that has held him back are injuries as he’s dealt with shoulder, knee and ankle problems over his career. In 12 games this year, he has 66 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception. “He’s very aggressive and loves to be in the middle of the action,” Cook said of Cushing. “He can play outside and I think he has the skills to rush the passer.”
CB Mike Mickens/Cincinnati 6-0, 190 pounds.
Mickens suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee on November 20. He had surgery five days later and is expected to be ready to play in the Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech. He has four interceptions this season and 14 over his career with the Bearcats. This year he had 65 total tackles. He’s accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl. “He has the corner temperament that you are looking for,” said Cook. “He’s always ready for the next challenge. He’s a good athlete and he’s not afraid to get physical. I think he’ll play a long time in the NFL.”