From the Truman Sports Complex
The Chiefs had 33 rookies on the field Friday afternoon for their first practice session of the team’s rookie mini-camp.
“Their heads were spinning to say the least,” head coach Todd Haley said of the group that had meetings Thursday night and Friday morning and physical testing.Â “There’s a lot going on forÂ them.Â They are getting a lot of stuff thrown at them.”
All eight of the team’s draft choices were part of the camp, along with 12 rookie free agents.Â That would mean 13 players were on the field as tryouts.
“As far as practice went, there were a lot of errors out there, no doubt about it.Â I know it’s bigger than a handful.Â It’s hard to evaluate them on that (practice), but there are guys that pass the eye test, clearly.”
The players went through a mini-combine session Friday morning, as the players went through physical drills like they do at the NFL Scouting Combine each year: 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, etc.Â “There are some smaller school guys who didn’t go to the combine, or we didn’t see their workout, so it helps with that,” Haley said of the physical testing. “To me, as we get on down the road, and you have two, three, four years of those, you have a little benchmark to look at guys.Â It’s at your place, thereÂ is no advantage to anybody.”
The group will have two practices on Saturday and then finish up with one on Sunday.