Rookie, Undrafted Free Agent Watch for Kansas City's Training Camp
In Kansas City’s first draft under head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey, the Chiefs opened up with the No. 1 pick. Throughout the draft, the Chiefs tried to recruit more offensive players than defensive players.
In the end, Kansas City hopes to have some rookies who can be instant contributors when the season kicks off.
In this slideshow, we will go over all of the draft picks and also visit some of the undrafted free agents. For undrafted free agents, we’ll take a look at Tyler Bray and some of the local college graduates who are trying to make the team.
T Eric Fisher
- College: Central Michigan
- Draft Status: First round (First overall)
- Height: 6’7”
- Weight: 305 lbs.
- College Production: Started all 13 games and earned third-team All-America recognition from the Associated Press.
Eric Fisher was part of two bowl wins while prepping at Central Michigan. The Chiefs liked Fisher and his abilities slightly better than Luke Joeckel and took him No. 1 overall.
Central Michigan averaged 6.2 yards per play, with Fisher playing a key role in helping his team achieve a high average. Fisher’s versatility allows him to play both tackle positions. He is currently the right tackle and may find himself switching sides later in his career.
TE Travis Kelce
- College: Cincinnati
- Draft Status: Third round (63rd overall)
- Height 6’5”
- Weight: 255 lbs.
- College Production: 45 catches, 722 yards and eight touchdowns his senior year.
Travis Kelce came into the 2013 draft as one of the best tight ends in the nation. He was productive and helped Cincinnati’s offense his senior year after a quiet college career prior to 2012.
For Kansas City, it has some options to explore with three tight ends in Kelce, Tony Moeaki and Anthony Fasano. Kelce’s chances of starting in Week 1 are low, but he will get a lot of playing time this season.
RB Knile Davis
- College: Arkansas
- Draft Status: Third round (96th overall)
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 227 lbs.
- College Production: Led SEC RBs in rushing with 1,282 in 2010. Injured in 2011. Finished 2012 with 377 yards.
Knile Davis is entering the NFL with a chip on his shoulder after a tough end to his college career. As a sophomore, Davis soared as one of the top running backs in the nation, topping all SEC running backs in rushing yards.
Davis has the speed the Chiefs want for Reid’s offense. He got a lot of repetitions and touches during Chiefs mini-camp and could see more in training camp and exhibition games.
ILB Nico Johnson
- College: Alabama
- Draft Status: Fourth round (99th overall)
- Height: 6’2”
- Weight: 249 lbs.
- College Production: Third on the team in tackles with 54 his senior year. Also had two tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles.
Fourth-round pick Nico Johnson has a lot of potential and could have been a late third-round pick. He was a three-year starter under Nick Saban’s 3-4 defensive scheme.
Standing in his way of a starting spot in Kansas City is Akeem Jordan, who he will likely compete against for a starting spot beside Derrick Johnson and be part of an already powerful linebacking corps.
DB Sanders Commings
- College: Georgia
- Draft Status: Fifth round (134th overall)
- Height: 6’0”
- Weight: 223
- College Production: Started 12 games, making 51 tackles and three interceptions his senior year.
Sanders Commings is a versatile defensive back who can play safety and cornerback. He will likely start off as a safety, which is where the Chiefs need to add depth the most.
With starters mostly solidified, Commings will likely see most of his playing time on special teams.
He was drafted in the MLB by the Arizona Diamondbacks in June as a centerfielder, where he was successful in tracking the ball in the field in baseball, which is similar to what he may do as a safety for the Chiefs.
C Eric Kush
- College: California (Pa.)
- Draft Status: Sixth round (170th overall)
- Height: 6’4”
- Weight: 313 lbs.
- College Production: Started 11 games, 10 of them at center and selected to East-West Shrine Game.
Eric Kush was an active player in college, and the odds of him of possibly starting aren’t out of the question in Kansas City. If Rodney Hudson gets hurt again, Kush may see more action than expected this year.
FB Braden Wilson
- College: Kansas State
- Draft Status: Sixth round (204th overall)
- Height: 6'4"
- Weight: 256 lbs.
- College Production: 60 touches in four years, was mostly a blocking fullback.
The Chiefs did not have a traditional fullback going into the 2012 season. This year, Braden Wilson is one of three fullbacks fighting for a spot on the team.
The Chiefs haven’t had a notable fullback since Tony Richardson and would like for Wilson to create holes for Jamaal Charles in the running game. Wilson can also help out Alex Smith, who likes to scramble when given the room to do so.
OLB Mike Catapano
- College: Princeton
- Draft Status: Seventh round (207th overall)
- Height: 6'4"
- Weight: 270 lbs.
- College Production: 12 sacks and 15.5 tackles for a loss in 2012.
Mike Catapano led Princeton’s defense as it got off to a 3-0 start to the season. Catapano had no problems getting to the quarterback and stopping the run. He will work his way up with the Chiefs, but for now, he will likely participate on special teams.
Although he was drafted as a defensive end, he will likely see playing time as a linebacker.
Undrafted Free Agents
QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee
Tyler Bray was looking to get drafted, but he has a chance to make it in the NFL as a member of the Chiefs. Bray was one of the first undrafted free agents to sign.
FB Toben Opurum, Kansas
Toben Opurum is playing a position he hasn’t played since his freshman year. Being a defensive player for the past three years, Opurum will try to make the team as a fullback.
DL Brad Madison, Missouri
The Chiefs seem to know their starters are up front on the defense, but Brad Madison could be one of the backup defensive linemen on the team.
S Bradley McDougald
Bradley McDougald signed with the Chiefs soon after the draft. He has a lot of competition at the safety position and wants to try and have a role with the team.