Chiefs hold informal interviews with defensive backs at NFL Combine

Nov. 7, 2015; Boston; North Carolina State cornerback Juston Burris (11) with the ball against Boston College. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Nov. 7, 2015; Boston; North Carolina State cornerback Juston Burris (11) with the ball against Boston College. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

INDIANAPOLIS – The NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up the media access portion Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

But the Combine ends Monday for the draft prospects in attendance, giving the Chiefs extra days to hold formal interviews and informal meetings.

A vast majority of the defensive backs to come through the media room throughout Saturday morning and afternoon said they had formal interviews scheduled in the evening with unknown teams.

Four defensive backs, however, are confirmed to have met with the Chiefs in an informal setting Friday night: Virginia cornerback Maurice Canady, North Carolina State cornerback Juston Burris, Baylor cornerback Xavien Howard and TCU free safety Derrick Kindred.

The cornerbacks, in particular, have the size that often appeals to the Chiefs.

Canady measured 6-1, 193 pounds at the Combine; Burris measured 6-0, 212 pounds; and Howard came in at 6-0, 201 pounds.

The Chiefs utilize a press-man scheme under defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, but Canady admits a level of inexperience.

“In college, I have not played a whole lot of press,” Canady said. “But I was able to showcase that in Mobile, Ala., at the Senior Bowl.”

Canady, who projects as a fourth-round pick by and CBS Sports, said he received good feedback with his technique while at the Senior Bowl.

Experience in a press-man scheme applies to Howard, a projected third-round pick, and Burris, who projects as a seventh-round pick.

Burris said he mostly played press-man at North Carolina State, adding he especially enjoyed sitting down with the Chiefs to break down plays during his informal interview.

“That was the fun part of it, just sitting down and going over diagram plays, Xs and Os, that’s my thing,” Burris said. “We can get to know each other, but I want to talk football.”


The Chiefs are allowed a maximum of 60 formal interviews in 15-minute increments with no limit on informal meetings.

The below are the players confirmed by and The Topeka Capital-Journal to have met with the Chiefs at the Combine:


DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
DE Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
OLB Dadi Nicolas, Virginia Tech
ILB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame


DE Bronson Kaufusi, Brigham Young
ILB Josh Forrest, Kentucky
CB Maurice Canady, Virginia
CB Juston Burris, North Carolina
CB Xavien Howard, Baylor
FS Derrick Kindred, TCU


Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.