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The Chiefs Might Be Swayed By A Power Back

BYU's Unga expected to be only player taken in supplemental draft, but will he come to Kansas City?

If the Chiefs are going to make a move in the upcoming NFL Supplemental Draft, the choice will be Harvey Unga. In fact, he's most likely the only selection who will come off of the board this year. Twenty teams overall took in the sights of Unga's Pro Day workout, which hardly yielded the results you'd expect the lone choice to display. Then again, as a bruising power back who broke BYU's career rushing record in three seasons, perhaps the game tape is the better indicator here.

The Chiefs were reportedly one of the 20 teams in attendance and the only one from the AFC West to represent. Sure, the Chiefs upgraded the offensive backfield in a major way already this offseason, but everyone would agree that Thomas Jones is not a long-term fixture for the Chiefs. The future is Jamaal Charles given last year's performance, so while Jones will undoubtedly get his carries, there's still room for a power back prospect.

And that's exactly what Unga is. He's not speedy as his 4.64 40-yard dash time will indicate. Instead, he's the bruising goal-line back capable of perhaps playing a Mike Alstott role or a Brian Leonard type. Jones can certainly power it between the tackles, but Unga will need some time to adjust to the schemes and speed of the NFL level anyway. Perhaps a late-round pick will suffice in bringing in the Brigham Young product.

And that will be all Scott Pioli will dish out, if anything. My belief is the Chiefs won't even bid on him (or anyone) this year, given the value of draft picks around these parts. But if he does, a sixth or seventh round choice would be my best guess.

If Unga can make good at the next level, that might be a chance worth taking.