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Wile_E_Coyote
08-09-2005, 09:22 PM
Sampson following in footsteps of other overlooked Chiefs linemen


http://www.kansas.com//mld/kansas/news/state/12342875.htm

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Associated Press
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RIVER FALLS, Wis. - In the modern, high-tech world of scouting new players, the Kansas City Chiefs found offensive tackle Kevin Sampson the old-fashioned way - by word of mouth.

Hundreds of NFL prospects converge every February in Indianapolis for the annual combine, where they're prodded like cattle, given agility tests and respond to rhetorical questions with character-defining answers.

Only the best players entering the NFL draft are there. But Sampson wasn't invited.

In 2004, the Chiefs got a tip about Sampson and took a chance by drafting him in the seventh round. Now, with the 6-foot-4, 312-pound second-year player entrenched as the preseason starter at right tackle, the gamble seems to have paid off.

"Our scout knew about him and recommended him, and we sent Irv Eatman to work him out, and Irv really liked him," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said. "Irv spent a lot of time with him - he really liked him."

While some players are quick to express defiance toward the teams that overlooked them, Sampson says he would rather worry about his next practice than about being shunned by other teams.

"I don't see it as an issue at all," Sampson said. "I don't think to myself, `Oh, I was a seventh-round pick, look at where I am now.' I don't have that perspective. I have the perspective, `I have an opportunity here. Make the best of it. Don't screw it up.'"

The Chiefs have a history of discovering jewels along their offensive line. Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters entered the league as a free-agent tight end. Center Casey Wiegmann also started his career as an undrafted free agent with Indianapolis. Perennial Pro Bowl guard Will Shields was a third-round draft pick, and tackle Willie Roaf, a 10-time Pro Bowler, was traded to the Chiefs for a fourth-round draft pick.

Those statistics give Sampson, who played at Syracuse, hope that as a low-round pick, he can succeed quickly.


"If that's the common belief that a seventh-round pick is a developmental project, then I obviously I don't have that perspective," Sampson said. "I think anyone with a competitive attitude would want to get on the field as soon as possible."

el borracho
08-09-2005, 09:33 PM
The Chiefs traded only a fourth round pick for Willie Roaf but a third round pick for Welbourn? Criminal. Anyway, a pleasant surprise if Sampson merits all of this hype.

Deberg_1990
08-09-2005, 09:35 PM
"If that's the common belief that a seventh-round pick is a developmental project, then I obviously I don't have that perspective," Sampson said. "I think anyone with a competitive attitude would want to get on the field as soon as possible."


Man, you have to love that attitude! Ill be rooting for this kid to succeed. Are you listening Siavii??

Count Zarth
08-09-2005, 09:36 PM
I am still worried about RT.

One plus - Sampson's huge shoulder/neck guard makes him look like a beast. ROFL

nychief
08-09-2005, 09:37 PM
The Chiefs traded only a fourth round pick for Willie Roaf but a third round pick for Welbourn? Criminal. Anyway, a pleasant surprise if Sampson merits all of this hype.


Big Willie was coming off a knee surgury and Joe Horn plugging his wife... hence the discount. Willie will go down as CP's best trade ever, easy.

the Talking Can
08-09-2005, 09:59 PM
I'll be very interested to see how our running game works...last year we almost always ran left (they knew it was comign and still couldn't stop it) hopefully Sampson can bring some balance...

SNR
08-09-2005, 10:03 PM
Big Willie was coming off a knee surgury and Joe Horn plugging his wife... hence the discount. Willie will go down as CP's best trade ever, easy.IIRC, we also gave up Victor Reily in that trade

Simplex3
08-09-2005, 10:11 PM
IIRC, we also gave up Victor Reily in that trade
Who? Was he the guy that collected the jocks after practice an washed them?

royr17
08-09-2005, 10:11 PM
No Riley went free agency.