2011 NFL Draft: Five Undrafted Free Agents Who Could Help the Kansas City Chiefs
The 2011 NFL Draft has been over for a few weeks now, and in a normal off season undrafted players would be getting picked up right now. However, due to the feud between players and owners the lockout remains intact and the undrafted players are stuck on the sideline with us fans.
Like us fans, these undrafted players can only sit and wait for this mess to end so they can begin to show that they indeed have the talent to not only make an NFL team but to potentially be a star in the NFL.
Although the Chiefs did a good job at filling their roster needs through the draft there are still some areas that could use some more improvement. With free agency most likely cut short for this year undrafted free agents could come at a premium for completing a team’s roster.
Today I am going to examine the undrafted free agents that could be of the most benefit to the Chiefs roster in 2011.
Martin Parker DT, Richmond
Parker has the quickness and burst off the line to offer some ability as a pass rusher. Parker has a good work ethic and drive. Parker seems to be a good tackler, shows the ability to wrap up tacklers and has the ability to defeat blocks once opponents got hold of him.
Parker never gives up on a play as he always shows good effort in pursuit from the backside. He closes well when he zeroes in on a ball carrier or quarterback. Like any typical Pioli player, Parker has a good attitude and is willing to play anywhere.
Parker is a quality talent and if he is coached up could develop into a solid contributor. He will take coaching well and improve once he gets picked up by an NFL team. Parker has the size, athletic ability and work ethic to be a quality defensive tackle for the Chiefs.
Derek Hall OT, Stanford
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Hall is a very interesting prospect at the offensive tackle position. Hall transitioned from the defensive side of the ball and has just one year of starting experience at the tackle position. Hall was a guy that had generated a lot of positive buzz as a potential late-round pick who might be able to develop into a starting right tackle or guard.
Obviously Hall did not get drafted but the potential is still there, and cheaper than ever. Hall most likely has no upside for the 2011 NFL season, but he definitely has the long-term upside and potential to develop. Hall has the necessary strength and size to play both guard and tackle so he could provide depth at potentially four spots across the offensive line.
Hall needs to continue to bulk up and work on his footwork, but the guy could be a very good run blocker. Hall seems like someone who could make the Chiefs roster as a rookie, develop as a reserve and with the help of Offensive Coordinator Bill Muir he could eventually fight for playing time down the line.
Tim Barnes C, Missouri
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Barnes is listed as 6’4” and 300 pounds and has good quickness and strength and often got to the second level to take on linebackers. Although the Chiefs selected center Rodney Hudson in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, that does not completely rule Barnes out.
Hudson and Barnes are both able to play the guard and center positions. Bringing in Barnes would add extra competition for the center spot, bring some more youth to an aging offensive line and also add depth to the guard position.
The Chiefs run a zone blocking scheme that relies on athletic offensive lineman to quickly get to defenders and create creases for the backs. Barnes fits the mold of the Chiefs blocking scheme perfectly.
Ian Williams DT, Notre Dame
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Williams was a three-year starter at Notre Dame and was able to put up solid numbers playing nose tackle. Williams skills in run defense and his instincts are what stick out most when analyzing his play.
Williams is a sure tackler who has a great ability to shed blocks and make tackles on the rusher. Williams has a wide body and uses his hands and arms well, which help him to keep blockers away from his frame. Williams has a great jump off the line and constantly gets his arms up in passing lanes.
Williams is a little undersized for a 3-4 NT but his strength helps minimize that. Williams could be a nice backup or project player who could contribute on 1st downs or obvious running situations.
Terrance Toliver WR, LSU
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The 2010 college season was a disappointment for Toliver as he had questionable quarterback play that ultimately caused his draft stock to tumble. However, Toliver constantly gave every play his all and never took a play off.
Toliver has a great combination of size, speed and hustle that cannot be taught. Toliver’s toughness combined with his size makes him an attractive prospect for a team looking to add a physical wide receiver. Toliver’s size helps him excel in run-blocking, which is a must for the Chiefs.
Toliver is not afraid of contact and will use his frame to fight for extra yardage. Toliver has good acceleration and deceptive straight-line speed. It is possible that whatever team signs Toliver will get a real steal.