Kansas City Chiefs Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystApril 28, 2013

Kansas City Chiefs Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings

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    At least one undrafted free agent usually makes the roster on each team in the NFL every year—sometimes two. Nate Eachus that made the roster last season as an undrafted free agent. 

    There is a flurry of signings after the draft, and there is a lot of good talent looking for an opportunity. Sometimes all it takes is giving a player a chance, time and good coaching. 

    Although rare, good players sometimes slip between the cracks. Tony Romo is probably the most well-known undrafted player currently playing in the NFL, but there are dozens of other examples. 

    John Dorsey and Andy Reid can only make over the roster so much at the top because of the contracts, but the last few guys that make the roster can be guys that fit what they want to do. That's where the draft and these undrafted free agents can make a difference. 

QB Tyler Bray

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    Source: espn.com

    College: Tennessee

    Position: QB

    Perhaps one of the biggest undrafted free-agent fish splashed down in Kansas City, and it couldn't be a better fit. Tyler Bray has a strong arm and ideal size for the position, but is otherwise a quarterback that needs work. Bray also has character red flags that likely resulted in his undrafted status. 

    Alex Smith and Doug Pederson will teach Bray how to be a professional. Bray's issues are also, for the most part, correctable and Andy Reid is a known quarterback whisperer. Bray could be developed to eventually take over for Smith if everything goes perfectly.

    Ryan Lownes' scouting report listed Bray's major weaknesses: 

    Erratic accuracy, throws too many passes high or out of bounds

    Maturity is a red flag

    Inconsistent, sloppy footwork

    Lacks athleticism and mobility

    Despite these issues, Lownes believed Bray would go in the third or fourth round because of his big arm. Bray clearly has tools and the Chiefs have the right people in place to mold those tools into a good quarterback, which makes his decision to sign in Kansas City a very good one.

    If Bray matures, works hard and refines his game, there's no reason he can't be a starter in the NFL, but there's a reason he went undrafted. 

     

DE Brad Madison

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Missouri

    Position: DE

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 265

    Madison played next to Aldon Smith at Missouri in 2010 and 2011, but his sack production declined each year. In 2012, Madison had just 4.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles for a loss according to cfbstats.com. That's solid production to go along with NFL size. 

    Brandon Alisoglu listed his strengths

    He has solid speed, as his 4.81 40-yard dash at the Mizzou pro day would have kept pace with Sam Montgomery at the combine.

    Madison has a nice spin move that he uses once there is initial contact with the offensive lineman. It gives him the separation he needs to get after the quarterback. 

    Madison sounds like a hard-working football player with NFL size, straight-line speed and even some pass-rush moves. It remains to be seen if those skills will translate to outside linebacker at the next level. 

     


DT Rob Lohr

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Vanderbilt

    Position: DT (Likely 3-4 DE)

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 290

    Lohr was a productive player in college and had 11.0 tackles for a loss and 2.0 sacks as a senior according to cfbstats.com. At 6'4" and 290 pounds, he seems like an ideal fit at defensive end in Kansas City to provide some competition. 

    Lohr was named to the 2012 Nagurski Award Watch List and the 2012 Lombardi Award Watch List according to his school profile. Lohr was also durable and started 28 consecutive games at Vanderbilt. 

    With NFL size and good college production, Lohr looks like a guy well worth bringing to training camp. 

WR Rico Richardson

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Jackson State

    Position: WR

    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 167

    The one thing that will get you into an NFL camp is speed, even if you might lack size or have issues with technique. Fast guys are everywhere and you have to be a bit selective about which ones you take a gamble on, but late-round gems can be found by looking at colleges like Jackson State.

    Gil Brandt of NFL.com reported that Richardson had a very good pro day in front of five NFL teams back in March:

    Richardson proved impressive enough to earn an invite to the Super Regionals in Dallas. He ran a time of 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recorded a 35½-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-1 broad jump. He ran a 4.12 short shuttle and 6.77 in the cone drill. Richardson recorded 12 bench presses and worked out as a wide receiver.

    Richardson is small, but if the Chiefs can get him to add some weight without losing too much speed they might have something. The 12 bench reps is solid enough for a wide receiver and that will improve once he gets into an NFL weight room, and all his agility times are in the "very good" range. 

OLB Josh Martin

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Columbia

    Position: OLB

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 247

    There's not much information out there about this Ivy League linebacker, but he appears to have NFL size and speed. According to nfldraftscout.com, Martin ran a 4.57-second 40-yard dash at Rutgers pro day.

    According to Columbia's athletics site, Martin produced 29.5 tackles for a loss, 14.0 hurries and 17.0 sacks in his 30-game career. Good production and good-timed speed is usually enough to get a camp invite, even if you played college ball at Columbia.

    You never know when a small school guy will come out of no where during training camp and force the team to keep him on the roster. Practice squads are made for guys like this with the athleticism to play, but that haven't been developed in college. 

FS Bradley McDougald

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Kansas

    Position: FS

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 215

    The Chiefs could certainly use safety help, so bringing in competition can only be a good thing. Bradley McDougald has only been playing defense for two full years after converting from wide receiver. At the combine, McDougald ran the 40-yard dash in 4.74 seconds and wasn't a top performer in any of the events.

    Positives from NFL.com's scouting report includes good ball skills, athleticism and aggressiveness. Negatives include poor angles, tackle form and off-the-field concerns. McDougald has the size, but it's unclear if he has the athleticism to play in the NFL, and that's what the Chiefs will find out in training camp. 

TE Demetrius Harris

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Position: TE

    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 230

    The next Antonio Gates perhaps? Demetrius Harris didn't play football and instead chose to play basketball in college according to his NFL.com profile. The Chiefs don't exactly need a tight end at this point, but a 6'7" basketball player that formerly signed on to play football at Arkansas State is intriguing enough to bring to camp. 

RB Jordan Roberts

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Charleston

    Position: RB

    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 220

    Division II running back Jordan Roberts put up amazing stats at the lower level, but there will naturally be questions on if his ability can translate to the NFL. Roberts has his own website (warning: sound plays automatically), full of facts, video and articles about his journey to the NFL.

    Roberts owns just about every school record as well as a couple Division II records for rushing yards in a quarter and rushing yards in a half. You have to like his determination, and he certainly seems to have the size to play in the NFL. 

    The Chiefs appears to be fascinated enough to bring him to camp and let him compete for a spot. There's virtually no risk to these types of moves, and just about every year one of these guys from the lower levels makes an NFL roster. 

WR Darryl Stonum

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Baylor

    Position: WR

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 195

    Stonum was recruited and played for Michigan before being dismissed from the team for violation of team rules that stemmed from being jailed for driving on a suspended license and violating his probation according to the USA Today. Stonum had two prior drunken-driving arrests.

    At Baylor, Stonum only had three receptions and last played a full season in 2010 for Michigan when he caught 49 passes for 633 yards and four touchdowns. 

    Russ Lande of the National Football Post had this to say about Stonum:

    Overall, Stonum is not going to be drafted as highly as I have him graded due to off-field problems, but if he can overcome this issues he has what it takes to be a productive kickoff returner and starting receiver in the NFL.

    Stonum is a player that had his college career derailed by off-the-field issues, but if he's put those behind him, there's a chance that he could be a sleeper to make the roster. Stonum was a 4-star recruit out of high school according to Rivals.com.

LB/FB Toben Opurum

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Kansas

    Position: FB/LB

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 249

    Another athletic specimen for Andy Reid's squad. Opurum switched from running back to linebacker for Kansas, but his career was sidelined due to three surgeries for a heart murmur. It's unclear where the Chiefs plan to use him, but he certainly had nice workout numbers at Kansas' pro day.

    Per Gil Brandt of NFL.com:

    Opurum ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds with the wind and 4.69 seconds against the wind. He had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.40 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.28 seconds. He also had 24 lifts on the bench. Opurum worked out at both outside linebacker and fullback at Kansas’ pro day, and is a possible rookie free-agent pickup following the 2013 NFL Draft.

    For a guy his size those are pretty good numbers, and it will be interesting to see where the Chiefs envision Opurum playing in the NFL. 

RB Kadarius Lacey

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Alabama A&M

    Position: RB

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 230

    He's not fast, so he better be powerful and deceptively quick if he wants to make a roster. NFLDraftScout.com lists his 40-yard dash at an unimpressive 4.80 seconds. It's tough to get a read on this guy, but there is one scouting report that sheds some light on his prospects.

    OptimumScouting.com had this to say about Lacey:

    A very smooth yet powerful runner, what Lacy lacks in deep speed he makes up for in cut efficiency, balance through traffic, and physicality as a runner. Lacy does a great job of maximizing his steps and not over cutting/being indecisive as he looks for an opening. He doesn’t slow through contact and runs through traffic with good pad level. His lack of deep speed will likely hurt him in the future, but his production and his lack of wasted steps could make him a power back in a zone blocking scheme at the next level.

    There you have it. He's a fit for Reid's offense, and although he doesn't have the deep speed, he will provide a power option to the speed supplied by Jamaal Charles. It's rare that players like this make a roster, but there's always a chance he's great on special teams and is a quick study of the playbook. 

OLB Darin Drakeford

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Maryland

    Position: OLB

    More information to come...

TE T.J. Knowles

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Sacramento State

    Position: TE

    More information to come...

OL A.J. Hawkins

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Ole Miss

    Position: OL

    More information to come...

DB C.J. Jones

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Texas A&M

    Position: DB

    More information to come...

DE E.J. Epperson

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Ole Miss

    Position: DE

    More information to come...

DT Rahim Stanley

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: New Haven

    Position: DT

    More information to come...

OT Colin Kelly

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Oregon State

    Position: OT

    More information to come...

C Will Matte

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Indiana

    Position: C

    More information to come...

DE T.J. Fatinikun

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Toledo

    Position: DE

    More information to come...

WR Frankie Hammond

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Florida

    Position: WR

    More information to come...

WR Drew Terrell

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    Source: nepatriotsdraft.com

    College: Stanford

    Position: WR