Report Card Grades for Kansas City Chiefs' Undrafted Free Agent Signings
Thus far, the Chiefs have officially signed six of said enlistments.
Does that mean they're shoo-ins to crack the 53-man roster? Hardly.
John Dorsey is religious about scouting, though. If you ever questioned his work ethic, I'm pretty sure you'd be greeted with a stern "Do you want the noise brought on you?" (NSFW) response.
After viewing film of the six signees, Dorsey's diehard devotion seems to have paid dividends.
Darryl Surgent, WR, Louisiana-Lafayette
Seemingly, Darryl Surgent was enlisted for one reason: returning.
Throughout four years at Louisiana-Lafayette, Surgent recorded four combined punt and kick return touchdowns.
As a wideout, he boasts glue sticks for fingers, reeling in a number of highlight-worthy receptions.
Having said that, he possesses average top-end speed, so his route-running will ultimately dictate whether he's able to create separation at the next level.
Weight: 190 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.55 seconds
Bench Reps: 8
Vertical Jump: 39.5"
Broad Jump: 11'01"
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.28 seconds
Three-Cone Drill: 6.87 seconds
David Van Dyke, CB, Tennessee State
David Van Dyke is a deep safety whose 40-yard time, based on pro day results, would've ranked No. 2 among safeties at the combine, while his 20-yard shuttle would've finished at No. 3.
His vertical would've topped the class.
Judging from what little tape is available, he's a small-school prospect who primarily lined up as a single-high safety. He has above-average closing speed and displays textbook tackling, squaring his shoulders versus open-field runners.
Obviously, since there isn't any raw footage available, it's hard to pinpoint his list of cons. Maybe he tends to bite on play-action? Maybe he commits to the wrong read too often? Or, playing for Tennessee-Martin, maybe he was just overlooked.
Your guess is as good as anyone else's.
However, while his overall game remains a mystery, Van Dyke's metrics are NFL caliber and worthy of a training camp invite.
Weight: 196 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
Bench Reps: 18
Vertical Jump: 38.5"
Broad Jump: 09'10"
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.12 seconds
Three-Cone Drill: 7.01 seconds
Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU
Unlike a number of other UDFAs, Daniel Sorensen didn't fly under the radar, but his combine workout undoubtedly made general manager's second-guess drafting him.
He's a safety who brings keen instincts and solid run support to the table.
However, his lack of speed becomes evident on film, as he encounters problems when trying to close the distance against speedier receivers.
And to compound the problem, BYU's defense primarily revolved around Cover 2 concepts, where safeties only cover their respective halves of the field. Now, he signed with a club whose defense is fundamentally based around Cover 1, so assigning him to free safety would be harebrained.
While Sorensen is an above-average run defender, his skills aren't in the same stratosphere as Eric Berry's, so transitioning to strong safety may also be out of the question.
If anything, the rookie is best suited to play a role similar to Husain Abdullah's; being utilized in sub-packages and roaming in short-to-intermediate zone shells.
Otherwise, he better start pumping some Reeboks.
Weight: 205 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.66 seconds
Bench Reps: 13
Vertical Jump: 32"
Broad Jump: 09'06"
20-Yard Shuttle: 3.95 seconds
Three-Cone Drill: 6.47 seconds
Weight: 205 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.54 seconds
Vertical Jump: 32"
Broad Jump: 10'02"
Albert Wilson, WR, Georgia State
When the Chiefs selected De'Anthony Thomas in Round 4, the need at slot was filled. Kansas Citians erupted in universal elation and Dexter McCluster jerseys became wash cloths.
However, if Thomas is sidelined—or if the Chiefs deploy empty, five-receiver sets—who's going to step in?
Weston Dressler and Junior Hemingway are candidates. But Dressler, crossing over from the CFL, still needs to prove that he can negate press coverage, and Hemingway is far from the prototypical slot receiver.
The answer may lie in Albert Wilson.
The small-school standout ran an official 4.43 40 time at the combine, and he's a shifty slot target with return experience.
His hands waffle between decent and secure—and they looked more like the latter throughout his combine workouts—but when releasing, he was (occasionally) effectively jammed by college corners.
That being said, Wilson possesses the tangibles to make an impact in the pros, and he'll likely do just that. Whether he's promoted to this year's active roster or delegated to the practice squad remains to be seen, though.
Weight: 202 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.38 seconds
Bench Reps: 10
Vertical Jump: 37.5"
Broad Jump: 10'03"
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.21 seconds
Three-Cone Drill: 7.00 seconds
Ben Johnson, LB, Tennessee-Martin
Ben Johnson is a bit of an enigma.
At Tennessee-Martin, he alternated between outside and inside linebacker, while also splitting snaps at safety. He seeks out contact and appears to be a sound, hard-hitting tackler.
His 40 time hovers roughly around that of Justin Houston's. However, since Google more or less stiff-arms you when searching for his arm length, it's difficult to gauge whether he fits the mold of a rush linebacker. (His four sacks in 2013 would refute the idea, though.)
In all likelihood, Bob Sutton will experiment with him as a "Mike" 'backer (strong-side inside linebacker). Johnson's frame is similar to Akeem Jordan's, and he embodies a mentality that fits the bill.
Weight: 234 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.60 seconds
Bench Reps: 27
Vertical Jump: 36"
Broad Jump: 09'09"
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.24 seconds
3-Cone Drill: 6.83 seconds
Charcandrick West, RB, Abilene Christian
Charcandrick West murders wills and bruises souls.
When watching footage of UDFAs, the "tape" is usually preceded by the word "highlight." And projecting any player, especially small-school prospects versus inferior competition, to the pros based on highlights is a slippery slope that usually ends in a one-way trip to future regret.
With that disclaimer out of the way, West is a modern-day savage (and that's meant in the best way possible).
When all of the lights are shining on him, West becomes a monster. He goes H.A.M. He should be nicknamed "Kanye." (Some of you won't get those puns, but just know that they were insanely clever...or corny. Somewhere in between.)
The rusher's fate will ultimately hinge on his ability to catch out of the backfield and pass protect.
Cyrus Gray currently anchors the No. 3 running back spot, and while he doesn't receive many opportunities to plead his case, Gray is a talented rusher with a multifaceted skill set.
But being that West authored a 4.46 40 time and runs like a demon eluding an exorcist, Gray should be looking over his shoulder this offseason.
Weight: 204 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
Bench Reps: 15
Vertical Jump: 41
Broad Jump: 10'10"
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.40 seconds
Three-Cone Drill: 7.08 seconds
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