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Direckshun
05-09-2007, 02:39 PM
http://www.realfootball365.com/nfl/articles/2007/05/chiefs-undrafted-freeagents090507.html

Every year, all 32 NFL teams follow up the draft by signing mass quantities of unpicked rookie free agents. For the Kansas City Chiefs , '07 was no different than any other year, as General Manager Carl Peterson and Co. imported 16 undrafted rooks.

This news might sound promising to Chiefs fans, but take a look at last year's list:

Kyle Brown, WR; Robert Docherty, TE; Steve Franklin, G; Alex Guerrero, DT; Brandon Guillory, LB; Chris Hannon, WR; De Arrius Howard, RB; Jermaine Jamison, WR; William Kershaw, LB; Travis La Tendresse, WR; Dan Melendez, WR; Derek Morris, OT; Nick Reid, LB; Jake Slaughter, FB; And Ryan Waller, WR.

Other than Chris Hannon, who was but a blip on the Chiefs' radar screen last season, none of those players made an impact.

Taking that into consideration, there's no need to introduce all 16 of these rookies whom Kansas City signed. Instead, let's take a closer look at a trio of players who actually have a chance to make the team, and potentially even make a difference.

Brad Ekwerekwu, WR, Missouri:

Ekwerekwu, or "Eck" as Mizzou fans call him to avoid butchering his difficult-to-pronounce last name, is a tantalizing prospect. Sometimes he looks like he will be an All-Pro, other times he's a complete no-show. At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, he definitely has the size to be an impact wide receiver and a dominant red zone performer. That being said, even though Ekwerekwu has great hands and size -- and he knows how to effectively use both attributes, especially his big frame --he didn't find the endzone often as a Tiger. Additionally, he only ran a 4.54 40 and doesn't have the speed to consistently create separation from NFL defensive backs.

Ekwerekwu is a bit of an enigma, as he can't seem to maximize his vast potential, at least for extended periods of time anyway. At worst, Ekwerekwu will stick with the Chiefs and contribute on special teams. Keep in mind that he played well on special teams in college, and he even has place-holding experience.

Stanley Doughty, DT, South Carolina:

Doughty, or Pillsbury Doughty, would have been drafted if he had been in better shape or stayed in school. Prior to his junior campaign, he won both the Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award and the Joe Morrison Award, basically the defensive MVP, during the spring. However, he came into the '06 regular season 40 pounds too heavy, which ultimately cost him playing time. Still, even in a backup role he racked up 24 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a team-high 3 sacks. Former Michigan DT Alan Branch, who was picked early in the second round, only registered 23 tackles, five tackles for a loss, and two sacks as a full-time starter last year.

Looking at the big picture, the Chiefs may have found a steal in Doughty. It likely won't happen over night, but he definitely has the tools to develop into at least a serviceable two-gap nose tackle, possibly a good one.

Ean Randolph, WR, South Florida:

Randolph, who was the Big East's Special Teams Player of the Year last season, has the chance to make the team strictly as a return specialist now that Dante Hall is now the other I-70 team's Human Joystick. He's a little slow, as evidenced by his 4.5 40 time, and definitely doesn't possess that coveted Devin Hester-esque return man speed. He did return a punt for a touchdown, and also hit pay dirt four times as a receiver.

Don't be shocked if Randolph is the Chiefs' primary return specialist come September.

Direckshun
05-09-2007, 02:41 PM
Also I have a question about RB Marcus O'Keith, an UDFA we signed out of Cal.

Was he just Marshawn Lynch's backup, or was he a change-of-pace back?

the Talking Can
05-09-2007, 02:43 PM
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Woodrow Call
05-09-2007, 02:47 PM
My sleeper UDFA is LB Nate Harris from Louisville. He was a MLB in college but could play OLB as well. Seems to be a good fit in the Cover 2.

The Chiefs need better depth at MLB and he might fit the bill.

Direckshun
05-09-2007, 02:52 PM
My sleeper UDFA is LB Nate Harris from Louisville. He was a MLB in college but could play OLB as well. Seems to be a good fit in the Cover 2.

The Chiefs need better depth at MLB and he might fit the bill.
Who do we even have at MLB behind Harris?

I have Bell down on my depth chart prediction, simply because he's the only serious LB we have of appropriate size.

Direckshun
05-09-2007, 02:54 PM
By the way, my sleeper call is CB Brackenridge.

Not because he's talented, I honestly don't know anything about him other than he's going to be competing with Benny Sapp, Michael Bragg, and Marcus Maxey.

Buehler445
05-09-2007, 03:24 PM
Also I have a question about RB Marcus O'Keith, an UDFA we signed out of Cal.

Was he just Marshawn Lynch's backup, or was he a change-of-pace back?

http://www.dailycal.org/sharticle.php?id=21477

http://calbears.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/okeith_marcus00.html

Looks like he was a backup. These websites are not terribly good, but I think they tell us what we need to know. He was a backup, but made some plays as a returner.

Iowanian
05-09-2007, 03:29 PM
I once read that when Matt McGlothlin has an orgasm, it leaves exit wounds.

Direckshun
05-09-2007, 03:33 PM
http://www.dailycal.org/sharticle.php?id=21477

http://calbears.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/okeith_marcus00.html

Looks like he was a backup. These websites are not terribly good, but I think they tell us what we need to know. He was a backup, but made some plays as a returner.
Love it. Thanks.

SBK
05-09-2007, 03:45 PM
I once read that when Matt McGlothlin has an orgasm, it leaves exit wounds.

I see you've spoken with redrums mom.