Three Picks Sign, Jackson Next in Line for Chiefs

TJ GerrityCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 9:  Tyson Jackson #94 of the Kansas City Chiefs goes through a drill as defensive line coach TIm Krumrie looks on during a rookie minicamp at the Chiefs practice facility on May 9, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

It seems like everyone signed their contracts late in the day Thursday; the Chiefs inked third-round pick, Alex Magee, fourth-round pick Donald Washington, and sixth-round pick Quinten Lawrence.

Also important for the Chiefs, the St. Louis Rams signed second overall pick Jason Smith to a contract Thursday afternoon. With the first and second overall picks signed, the groundwork has been laid for Tyson Jackson and his agent to finally hammer out a deal with the Chiefs.

Jackson has expressed in the past that he wants to be at training camp when the team arrives. With the Chiefs arriving already, that will not get to happen obviously, but he still has the weekend to get the deal done before any real practicing begins.

Head coach Todd Haley said the team would be performing a conditioning test Friday, and practicing will begin Monday. Those players who do not pass the conditioning test will be held out of practice until they do so.

Until Jackson does get his contract negotiated, the Chiefs will be missing a big part of the newly installed 3-4 defense, as he was drafted to help with the defensive switch. In the meantime, third-round pick Alex Magee will be playing with the first team offense opposite Glenn Dorsey at the other defensive end spot.

A holdout can be very costly for a rookie, especially when this valuable practice time could be used learning the new defensive scheme. Former LSU teammate Glenn Dorsey, and fellow defensive end, can tell Jackson just how important it is for rookies to be in training camp.

Defensive linemen traditionally have a very rough time adjusting to the NFL quickly, and any extra snaps one can get, become very important.

How soon Jackson can get into camp may very well decide how good of a year he has, and with that, how good of a year the Chiefs can have.