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Tribal Warfare
04-25-2010, 11:12 PM
Chiefs Sign College Free Agents (http://www.bobgretz.com/chiefs-football/chiefs-sign-college-free-agents-part-1.html)
April 25, 2010 - Bob Gretz |

After the draft ended Saturday evening, the Chiefs along with their 31 NFL brothers went about the business of signing undrafted players as college free agents.

The Chiefs announced 11 of those signings on Sunday. Here’s the first part of that group.

NT GARRETT BROWN/MINNESOTA, 6-1, 309 pounds

Brown played in 47 games with 33 starts for the Golden Gophers, with 99 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. He was a two-year starter and team captain in ‘09. Brown graduated in January with a degree in sports management. He played three years at Fairfield Prep in Conneticut, racking up 315 tackles and 21 sacks. Before that he had not played football, participating in hockey and lacrosse.

“I haven’t been playing football very long, but I’ve developed a love and passion for the game,” Brown told the Stamford Advocate newspaper. “It’s something that I pride myself in. I would love to play football at the next level, instead of sitting at a desk every day. The last seven years have been incredible. I’m completely committed to becoming a Kansas City Chief now. Hopefully they have faith in me to play on Sundays.”

OLB JUSTIN COLE/SAN JOSE STATE, 6-3, 242 pounds

Cole played in 49 games with 42 starts, with 193 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 1 interception and 4 forced fumbles. During his time with the Spartans, he played both defensive end and outside linebacker. He grew up in Chino Hills, California, where he played at Chino Hills High School as a defensive end/linebacker. He was also a sprinter and long jumper in track & field.

TE T.C. DRAKE/KENTUCKY, 6-4, 248 pounds

Drake played in 48 games with 19 stars for the Wildcats. He caught 20 passes for 281 yards with one TD catch. A native of Bardstown, Kentucky, he played at Nelson County High School and then spent one season at Hargrave Military Academy. At Nelson, he had 15 catches for 400 yards and 7 TDs. At Hargrave he caught 25 passes for 175 yards.

OT TYLER EASTMAN/MAINE, 6-5, 310 pounds

Eastman was a two-year starter at left tackle for the Black Bears, after spending his first two seasons working as a reserve lineman at guard and tackle. The Maine native attended Old Town High School, where he participated in football, basketball, baseball and track & field. He won the state indoor and outdoor shot put titles in 2005.

WR RICH GUNNELL/BOSTON COLLEGE, 5-11, 197 pounds

A record-setting receiver for the Golden Eagles, Gunnell finished his career with 181 catches for 2,459 yards. That’s the most yards by any B.C. receiver and the second most receptions. He was an offensive co-captain in ‘09. Last season, he had an on-field confrontation with Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen that was captured by TV cameras. The moment was fueled by on-field pre-game comments that Clausen shouted at Boston College. Here’s the link to the tape.

At Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Gunnell had 115 catches for 2,200 yards and 38 TD catches. He also returned 5 punts and kickoffs for touchdowns.

G LEMUEL JEANPIERRE/SOUTH CAROLINA, 6-3, 301 pounds

Jeanpierre played in 36 games with 21 starts for the Gamecocks. He began his career there as a defensive lineman, playing there during his red-shirt season of ‘05 and in ‘06 where he played in all 13 games and finished with 17 tackles, 6 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. Moved to offense in spring practice in ‘08, and started games at both left and right guard before suffering a knee injury that ended his season. He was back in the starting lineup in ‘09.

A native of Orlando, he earned all-state honors at Timber Creek High School, where he was regarded as one of the best defensive line prospects in the country. He pronounces his name La-Mule Jon-Pierre.

WR JEREMY HORNE-MURDOCK/MASSACHUSETTS, 6-2, 193 pounds

Horne-Murdock played in 43 games at Amherst with 20 starts; he was a primary starter over the last two seasons. He caught 84 passes for 1,338 yards and 11 TDS. He also returned 55 kickoffs for a 16.8-yard average. Against Kansas State in the ‘09 season, he blocked a punt that was returned for a TD. His career best game came in ‘08 when he caught 10 passes for 172 yards and 2 TDs against Holy Cross. Horne-Murdock first attended Syracuse, where he spent two seasons (2005-06) where he had a red-shirt year and then played in seven games in ‘06, without catching a pass.

His schoolboy football was played at Milford Academy in New Berlin, New York, a program where he played with LeSean McCoy and Shonn Greene. With the Falcons over his last two seasons, he caught 43 passes for 884 yards and six TDs.

LB MICHAEL JOHNSON/NORTH ALABAMA, 6-0, 254 pounds

Johnson was the Division II Defensive Player of the Year and consensus first team All-America on the Division II level. Playing for head coach Terry Bowden, he had 113 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. He played in 49 games for the Lions with 44 starts, racking up 365 total tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 5 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles and 4 recovered fumbles.

He played at Bay High School in Panama City, Florida, where he was a running back/linebacker. As a junior, he ran for a school record 208 yards on eight carries.

RB TERVARIS JOHNSON/MIAMI, FL, 6-2, 248 pounds

Johnson played in 48 games with 7 starts for the Hurricanes. He began his career as a cornerback, playing there in 23 games during the 2006-07 seasons. Before the ‘08 season he moved to tight end, and in two seasons there he caught eight passes for 94 yards and 2 TDs. He played a great deal on special teams as well.

He attended Monsignor Pace High School in Miami Gardens, where over his three seasons on the varsity for the Spartans, he played tight end, wide receiver, linebacker, cornerback and safety. As a sophomore in ‘03, he had two catches for 95 yards in the state championship game. He began his high school career as a freshman at Carol City.

OT NICK LANDRY/TULANE, 6-5, 291 pounds

Landry was part of 40 games at Tulane, starting 20 games for the Green Wave. He moved into a starting role at right tackle for the 2009 season. He played at West Brook High School in Beaumont, Texas, where he was a three-year starter at offensive tackle. He also played basketball and was part of the track & field team for the Bruins.

G/C ANDREW LEWIS/OKLAHOMA STATE, 6-4, 298 pounds

In four seasons with the Cowboys, Lewis played in 50 games and started 37 times. He became a starter during his sophomore season in 2007, and has bounced from starting roles at guard and center over the last three years. He earned a degree in management back in December ‘08.

At Joplin High School, Lewis played center on offense and tackle on defense and was first-team All-State at center in his senior season. His father Steve played football at Texas A&M.

KCrockaholic
04-25-2010, 11:16 PM
I wonder why Danario Alexander hasn't been signed that I know of. I know he has injury problems, but when a guy is a UDFA you give him a chance.

Tribal Warfare
04-25-2010, 11:17 PM
LB Michael Johnson sounds very interesting

RustShack
04-25-2010, 11:19 PM
If Andrew Lewis was on the right side I think hes a keeper. Whenever I watched Oklahoma State their right side always held a better pocket.

KCrockaholic
04-25-2010, 11:19 PM
Sounds like Garrett Brown needs to add 15 pounds to be a NT possibility. Hopefully he turns out ok.

SNR
04-25-2010, 11:21 PM
Curious that we haven't even looked at any shit reserve QBs in late round drafts or in rookie free agency. Not once in two years.

I can't remember a year where we DIDN'T keep a crap rookie QB around during all the previous coaching steds.

Chocolate Hog
04-25-2010, 11:22 PM
So they didn't sign Menelik Holt?

Pitt Gorilla
04-25-2010, 11:26 PM
I wonder why Danario Alexander hasn't been signed that I know of. I know he has injury problems, but when a guy is a UDFA you give him a chance.Nario wouldn't pass a physical right now.

Justin Cole could be a great prospect.

Pushead2
04-26-2010, 12:03 AM
LB Michael Johnson sounds very interesting

this....

Blick
04-26-2010, 01:39 AM
Agreed on Johnson. That could be a starter at inside LB right there.

Cole, Gunnell, and the receiver from Umass look interesting as well.

Mecca
04-26-2010, 01:42 AM
Reaper who's seen Johnson play several times...said he's not an NFL player.

Pushead2
04-26-2010, 01:48 AM
Reaper who's seen Johnson play several times...said he's not an NFL player.

:(

Saccopoo
04-26-2010, 02:06 AM
Brown, Gunnell, Jeanpierre and Johnson all have a shot, with Gunnell being the best chance (he's a fiery, quality guy who has a knack for finding the ball). Brown being second most just because of the lack of depth at NT.

Blick
04-26-2010, 02:07 AM
Reaper who's seen Johnson play several times...said he's not an NFL player.

Well fuck.

redsurfer11
04-26-2010, 04:20 AM
Reaper who's seen Johnson play several times...said he's not an NFL player.

So, Reapers a better judge of talent than Crennell? Is this what you're saying?

Mecca
04-26-2010, 04:27 AM
Reaper has been very good with guys from division II, and he's a UDFA signing that's just not a good argument to go to.

Basically odds say the guy is camp fodder.

crazycoffey
04-26-2010, 04:54 AM
odds are they are all camp fodder, but you know, you gotta try and give unknowns a chance or else we'd never have the term "sleeper"

See, I can't believe that every NCAA player enters the NFL exactly the same in terms of their physicality, some are still finishing important growth spurts, muscle development, and coordination. Some one not on the excel list now could turn into an exceptional player in fairly short turn around. Even learning things from a professional level compared to Division II coach (not trying to insult them, just that it's possible the pro's can bring in a different knowledge level that can help a player "get it")

So, I'm really turned off by the "he'll never be an NFL player" comments, or he's "just camp fodder" Cause, really - they're undrafted FA so D'uh.....

Crush
04-26-2010, 05:34 AM
Curious that we haven't even looked at any shit reserve QBs in late round drafts or in rookie free agency. Not once in two years.

I can't remember a year where we DIDN'T keep a crap rookie QB around during all the previous coaching steds.


Because any scrub QB would outperform our $63 million so-called franchise QB. We can't have that.

SenselessChiefsFan
04-26-2010, 05:35 AM
I think it is funny that Gunnell, a guy that got into it with Clausen is one of the guys they targeted in UDFA.

Uncle_Ted
04-26-2010, 06:18 AM
Curious that we haven't even looked at any shit reserve QBs in late round drafts or in rookie free agency. Not once in two years.

I can't remember a year where we DIDN'T keep a crap rookie QB around during all the previous coaching steds.

Saving room for fourth/fifth stringer to be cut by the Patriots ...

:doh!:

Buehler445
04-26-2010, 06:36 AM
Some of those guys sound solid. Though most of them had significant playing time, so they probably are athletically insufficient.

Frosty
04-26-2010, 07:00 AM
Curious that we haven't even looked at any shit reserve QBs in late round drafts or in rookie free agency. Not once in two years.

I can't remember a year where we DIDN'T keep a crap rookie QB around during all the previous coaching steds.

Tyler Palko is the scrub #4 QB this year.

BigRedChief
04-26-2010, 07:02 AM
I wonder why Danario Alexander hasn't been signed that I know of. I know he has injury problems, but when a guy is a UDFA you give him a chance.He can't pass a physical to make an NFL team.

Rausch
04-26-2010, 07:04 AM
RB TERVARIS JOHNSON/MIAMI, FL, 6-2, 248 pounds

Yeah buddy, daddy got his phat-back...:evil:

Ralphy Boy
04-26-2010, 07:11 AM
I wonder why Danario Alexander hasn't been signed that I know of. I know he has injury problems, but when a guy is a UDFA you give him a chance.

I read somewhere that he's fielding offers but can't participate until July because of the injury.

Reerun_KC
04-26-2010, 08:25 AM
Because any scrub QB would outperform our $63 million so-called franchise QB. We can't have that.

:LOL:

boogblaster
04-26-2010, 08:54 AM
UDFAs usually play ST .. which we need improvement in ...

mcaj22
04-26-2010, 09:00 AM
they did a piece on the NFL Network about Michael Johnson and how he can put up all the numbers in DII but still go undrafted. He looks interesting on paper, but like most said, playing in DII is like being the man with one eye in the land of the blind.

teedubya
04-26-2010, 09:55 AM
It looks like we picked up some decent UDFA's... I'm a little concerned though, as I don't see very many captains in this bunch. ROFL

Extra Point
04-26-2010, 10:52 AM
Impressive breadth in these signings. Best action in a long time from the front office.

Worried about QB position? Stay worried. Cassel is the man, no matter how much you don't like it. 1/2 second more time on throwing downs, when we have the ball, can add up to better performance.

38yrsfan
04-26-2010, 11:24 AM
Some of these guys look promising .... potatoes for the meat that was just drafted (hunger inspired food analogy).

Pitt Gorilla
04-26-2010, 11:26 AM
they did a piece on the NFL Network about Michael Johnson and how he can put up all the numbers in DII but still go undrafted. He looks interesting on paper, but like most said, playing in DII is like being the man with one eye in the land of the blind.Yeah, DII players suck.
Regards,

Brandon Carr

Mr. Laz
04-26-2010, 11:28 AM
at least it looks like we are going to try and fill some needs AFTER the draft.

KCrockaholic
04-26-2010, 11:28 AM
I read somewhere that he's fielding offers but can't participate until July because of the injury.

That sucks. Soo much talent going to waste.

KCrockaholic
04-26-2010, 11:30 AM
Yeah, DII players suck.
Regards,

Brandon Carr

Of course they suck
regards,

Jerry Rice.

Chris Meck
04-26-2010, 01:44 PM
You bet,

sincerely,

Phil Simms

oldandslow
04-26-2010, 01:55 PM
And you know you loved me,

XOXO

Rod Smith

Reaper16
04-26-2010, 02:00 PM
DII players don't suck, whoever said that. The level of play is actually much higher than most people think.

LOTS of stellar D2 players aren't NFL material. This LB is one of those guys, IMO. I've had the opportunity to see him in person in addition to watching plenty of UNA games. He was always running to the ball and making tackles but he never seemed to be an elite level athlete.

Some D2 guys pop out as having NFL-level attributes. For example, Gijon Robinson, a valuable TE for the Colts, played at Missouri Western. But he was not a dynamic player at the D2 level. He had 7 TDs in 4 years. But he stood out as a blocker and that is why he's been a successful player in the NFL.

Some tremendous players don't pop out at me as NFL players. There have been a tremendous amount of brilliant football players that I've seen play for Northwest Missouri State, from all sorts of positions. Yet in 5 years I've only seen two guys who I thought were draftable players (they were both drafted) and one other guy who I thought could make a roster (made it all the way to final roster cuts as a UDFA). Sometimes the great D2 players aren't the types of players that the NFL can use. I think Michael Johnson is one of those players, but I hope that he can prove me wrong.

BTW -- if anyone wants to know about a D2 player then I can probably answer just about anything. I watch more D2 games (in-person, on TV feeds, actual coaches tape) than some people watch BCS level games.

notorious
04-26-2010, 02:02 PM
Yeah, DII players suck.
Regards,

Brandon Carr

You bet,

sincerely,

Phil Simms

And you know you loved me,

XOXO

Rod Smith

Of course they suck
regards,

Jerry Rice.




Clever. I love it. ROFL

Reaper16
04-26-2010, 02:02 PM
How come no one said:

Regards,
Walter Payton

?

Alton deFlat
04-26-2010, 02:05 PM
Yea, we suck,
Brian Moorman

RustShack
04-26-2010, 02:05 PM
Kurt Warner and Jared Allen?

Reaper16
04-26-2010, 02:06 PM
Kurt Warner and Jared Allen?
That was 1-AA/FCS.