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NFL Draft 2012: Chiefs Work Out Versatile Tight End James Hanna

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to schedule private workouts with various players leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, and the latest comes from the University of Oklahoma. Tight end James Hanna has reportedly scheduled a private workout with the Chiefs and will also spend time with the Vikings, according to Aaron Wilson of

“I showed my potential,” Hanna said in a telephone interview with Wilson. “I’m hoping some teams are interested in what I can do for them. Most teams just want to know that I’m committed to being a blocker when I need to be because most of them know that I’m capable as a receiver. They want to make sure I’m on board for blocking assignments, and I am absolutely. I’m extremely versatile. I can block pretty well. I can line up in the backfield or at wideout or on the line. Whatever I’m asked to do, I feel comfortable.”

Hanna would likely become a developmental pick for the Chiefs if taken since the team already has Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss in house. Boss even signed a three-year deal, and Moeaki is among the more promising tight ends in the NFL if healthy. That said, Joel Thorman has some strong insights from Arrowhead Pride:

Tight end seems set in the near future for the Chiefs but Hanna seems to offer a unique skill set, especially if the Chiefs start featuring more two tight end sets, as the Chiefs have hinted at this year. If the Chiefs plan on featuring the tight ends more in the future, then they’ll need to start developing more tight ends.

Hanna had 27 receptions for 381 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Sooners last season. In 2010, he exhibited a strong red zone presence with 7 touchdown catches.

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