Crowds of undrafted free agents (UDFA) have been invited to try out for the Chiefs.
Thus far, as The Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor reports, six have inked contracts.
Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU
Sorenson can become a solid contributor...in a different defense.
He predominately played Cover 2 at BYU. As in, he was only responsible for half of the field. If he were to retain his natural position in a Cover 1, he would be asked to cover everything between the sidelines.
He recorded a 4.67 40 time at the combine, per NFL.com. To put that into perspective, coming out of college, Kendrick Lewis ran a 4.73.
Lewis played fairly well until last season when the defense normally featured a single-high deep safety and exposed his lack of speed. In college, even in Cover 2, Sorensen occasionally had trouble closing the window on go routes.
The BYU safety has laudable intangibles, including instincts, but if he has any shot of excelling with the Chiefs, he'll need to occupy a role similar to Husain Abdullah's (who rarely plays deep).
Albert Wilson, WR, Georgia State
Wilson has a chance to crack the practice squad.
He's a speedy slot receiver with above-average agility, and he also has experience as a return man.
That being said, his hands aren't consistent. Plus, he needs to work on stems and avoiding the jam.
Darryl Surgent, WR, Louisiana-Lafayette
Online video of him is scarce, and after viewing his pro-day numbers, it's hard to pinpoint what distinguishes him from the rest of the pack.
The Chiefs receiving corps isn't exactly flooded with talent, though, so more competition will be welcomed.
David Van Dyke, S, Tennessee State
Like Surgent, the only online tape (NSFW) is comprised of highlights, so it's all but impossible to gauge his pros and cons.
However, he's a deep safety who posted a 4.46 40 time at his pro day, and his closing speed is evident in the little footage that exists.
Van Dyke also appears to be a fundamentally sound tackler, squaring his shoulders and wrapping up in textbook fashion.
Ben Johnson, LB, Tennessee-Martin
Without recent film or more specific measurements (e.g., arm length), guessing which linebacker role that Johnson will assume is just that.
Regardless, excluding Dee Ford, Kansas City desperately needs depth at the position.
Charcandrick West, RB, Abilene Christian
As of now, West is the one UDFA who has jumped off the screen.
Unsurprisingly, his footage only features highlights as well, so his pass protection and receiving still remain a mystery. However, said highlights are far from ordinary.
He's a fleet-footed runner who steamrolls through tackle attempts in a way that would crack a smile on Marshawn Lynch's face (assuming that's possible).
Obviously, the level of competition was inferior, but breaking multiple tackles on any given play is noteworthy. Making a trend of it, irrespective of competition, is absurd.
One thing is certain: Cyrus Gray will be putting extra work in this summer.