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Chiefs set to host 17 prospects for Local Pro Day

Posted Apr 10, 2012

Oklahoma offensive tackle Donald Stephenson headlines this year's list of local players

Seventeen college prospects received invites to take part in the Chiefs local Pro Day Tuesday afternoon at the club’s training facility. Conferences represented in this year’s workout included the Big XII, Big Ten, Pac-12, Missouri Valley, MIAA, Great Lakes Valley and Heart of America.

Each NFL team is allowed to host its own local Pro Day in a combine-style setting with members of the personnel department in observance.

Prospects undergo medical evaluation, physical testing and perform position-specific drills conducted by the Chiefs coaching staff. Individual interviews and white board work is also part of the agenda.

To be eligible for the workout, players must have attended a college or university within a 40-mile radius of Arrowhead Stadium. A player whose hometown is within a 40-mile radius of the stadium is also eligible to participate.

Local Pro Days do not count against the team’s 30 in-house visits from draft prospects.

This year’s Pro Day is highlighted by Oklahoma T Donald Stephenson (pictured) and Northwestern TE Drake Dunsmore. Both players were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February and attended high school in the Kansas City Metro.

Stephenson is projected by many scouting services as a mid-round pick in April’s draft.

The Chiefs did not sign any of the local prospects who participated in last year’s Pro Day, but five players went on to sign contracts with NFL clubs: Central Missouri TE DeMarco Cosby (St. Louis), Southern Illinois LB Stephen Franklin (Jacksonville), University of Missouri LB Andrew Gachkar (San Diego), Stanford T Derek Hall (San Francisco) and Northwest Missouri State CB Ryan Jones (Chicago).

Gachkar, a seventh-round pick of the Chargers, saw action in all 16 games as a rookie.

This year’s list of local Pro Day invites includes…

WR Anthony  Brown | 6'1” | 210 pounds | Truman State (Shawnee, KS)
Led the Bulldogs with 61 catches for 861 yards with 6 TDs as a senior. Honorable mention All-MIAA. Highlights

TE Drake Dunsmore | 6'3” | 235 pounds | Northwestern (Lenexa, KS)
All-Big Ten First Team. Led all conference tight ends with 42.4 receiving yards per game. John Mackey Award candidate. Highlights

WR Taylor Embree | 6'3” | 202 pounds | UCLA (Overland Park, KS)
Son of former Chiefs tight ends coach and current Colorado head coach Jon Embree. Finished career ranked 8th on UCLA’s all-time receptions list with 137 catches. Highlights

WR Phil Freeman | 6'4” | 205 pounds | William Jewell
All-Conference performer caught 35 passes for 316 yards last season. Transfer from West Los Angeles College and a former California Junior College All-Star. Highlights

CB Branden Griffin | 5'10” | 200 pounds | Mid-America Nazarene
Finished MNU career with 130 tackles, 2.0 sacks and 6 INTs for 58 yards with a TD. Third-team all conference selection. Highlights

CB Trey Hobson | 5'9” | 187 pounds | Missouri (Stanley, KS)
Four-year letterman for the Tigers. Finished with 28 tackles with two tackles for loss in 2011. Highlights

WR Charles Johnson | 6'2” | 187 pounds | Southwest Baptist (Kansas City, MO)
Named preseason 2nd Team All-American after leading the Bearcats with 81 catches for 1,223 yards and 13 TDs in 2010. Led the team with 52 catches for 642 yards and 7 TDs last season. Highlights

TE Bristan Kelley | 6'6” | 260 pounds | Pittsburg State (Lee’s Summit, MO)
Big, blocking tight end caught 8 passes for 90 yards as a senior, including a six-yard TD catch in the NCAA Division II National Championship Game. Highlights

WR Brandon Kinnie | 6'3” | 225 pounds | Nebraska (Grandview, MO)
Provides quarterbacks with a big target. A mainstay in Nebraska’s receiving game since 2009. Finished second on the team with 22 catches for 257 yards last season. Highlights

K Chase McCoy | 5'10” | 168 pounds | Pittsburg State (Blue Springs, MO)
Connected on 18 of 21 FG attempts as a senior with a long of 43 yards. Led the Gorillas with 119 points last season. Highlights

G Jayson Palmgren | 6'2” | 298 pounds | Missouri (North Kansas City, MO)
Two-year starter for the Tigers. Plays both guard and center. All-Big 12 honorable mention as a senior in 2011.

TE Juan Redmon | 6'5” | 250 pounds | Mid-America Nazarene
Named the 2011 Heart of America Conference MVP and Offensive Player of the Year. Finished career with 171 catches for 2,312 yards with 28 TDs. Highlights

WR Jermaine Saffold | 6'1” | 198 pounds | Missouri State (Grandview, MO)
Ran a 4.36 40-yard dash time at the Missouri State Pro Day last month. A first-team All-Missouri Valley selection in 2011. MSU’s all-time leading receiver with 2,221 career yards. Highlights

FB Brandon Smith | 5'11” | 230 pounds | Mid-America Nazarene
Played both ways at MNU as a defensive lineman and fullback. Finished career with 150 tackles, including 27.0 sacks. Notched 14.0 sacks as a senior. Highlights

T Donald Stephenson | 6'6” | 312 pounds | Oklahoma (Blue Springs, MO)
A starter at left tackle for the Sooners each of the past two seasons. Honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in 2011. One of the stars at the NFL Combine in February. Highlights

FB Chris Stuart | 5'9” | 230 pounds | William Jewell
Transfer from Coffeyville Community College. Rushed 56 times for 313 yards with 3 TDs as a senior and caught 27 passes for 214 yards with a TD. Highlights

DT Ian Williams | 6'2” | 302 pounds | Washburn (Raytown, MO)
Perennial starter on the defensive line for the Ichabods. Finished his career with 84 tackles, 8 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.