The Chiefs Undrafted?

BYU SS Daniel Sorensen

In the wake of adding six viable roster candidates and future NFL starters for the Kansas City Chiefs over draft weekend, the organization (though not official just yet) added some post draft football players in hopes of finding a future gem or two. So did they?

WR Albert Wilson (Georgia State) - It's hard to ignore during his four-year stay at Georgia State, Wilson posted 6,235 all purpose yards (receiving, running and returns) and scored 26 touchdowns. He's a smaller receiver to say the least but the type of slot guy Andy Reid can develop that might stick on the roster.

RB James Baker (Idaho) - He had a decent career at Idaho but didn't put up great numbers as a senior posting just 617 rushing yards and scoring six touchdowns. Though he does have good hands out of the backfield just can't see him cracking the final Chiefs roster.

K Cairo Santos (Tulane) - The former First Team All-Conference member has a strong leg. His forte is kick-offs. His 2013 numbers 16 of 22 field goals was decent but I can't see that being enough for the Brazilian born kicker to replace incumbent, Ryan Succop.

C Cole Pensick (Nebraska) - The former Cornhusker was a strange pick-up by the Chiefs. Not because Pensick doesn't posses talent but his lack of girth doesn't fit the mold of mammoth offensive lineman Reid wants in Kansas City. He hit the combines at 288 pounds and in my view that's about 20 pounds too light for NFL duty.

OL Will Latu (Abilene Christian) - If you're rooting for a success story to come out of the undrafted class, Latu might be that man. At 6'5" the 315-pound tackle, has some serious talent. Though he's so very raw I like his fire. Despite playing at a lower college level he's always maintained he could play in the NFL.

RB Charcandrick West (Abilene Christian) - Why did the Chiefs sign West within minutes of the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft? He has blazers speed. At his workout last month, West had an unofficial 40-yard dash of 4.27 seconds. In the NFL, speed kills. Enough said.

SS David Van Dyke (Tennessee State) - In my view the Chiefs biggest need this off-season was to improve the safety position. That might explain why Kansas City signed more than one of them in this particular class. Though Van Dyke has good speed, he's only 5'11" and doesn't crack the 200-pound barrier.

OT Ben Gottschaik (SMU) - Another Tackle with good size but he tips the scales just under 300 pounds. He has a long ways to go in gaining an NFL roster spot. In fact of the offensive lineman in this grouping, he's probably the longest of shots the Chiefs signed in this class.

WR Darryl Surgent (Louisiana Lafayette) - Though he was an accomplished slot wide receiver in college, Surgent's talents reside at the NFL level as a return man. He might not crack the heavy competition that exists in Kansas City ahead of him but he's worth signing just to find out.

S Kacy Rogers II (University of Miami) - Of all the undrafted guys the Chiefs signed, Rogers, has the most potential to become a starter down the road. He played strong safety for the Hurricanes and color me shocked he wasn't drafted. Rogers has more size than Barry. Though he's not in the skill range of the Chiefs former first round pick, he has a legitimate shot to make the 53-man roster as a back-up.

LB Ben Johnson (Tennessee-Martin) - A Pre-Season Conference All American, Johnson has the chops to make the transition into the NFL. However if he's going to stick to the Chiefs or any other NFL team, he'll need to be the tackling machine he was at the college level. If he can duplicate that prowess, he'll find a roster spot on some NFL team.

RB Joey Demartino (Utah State) - Another speed option for the Chiefs. With a number of these small, swift running backs added for training camp in Kansas City, it's becoming clear the Chiefs might carry four running backs this season instead of three. Either way I like the fact they've added a few of them throughout the off-season.

DE Kenny Carter (Auburn) - If you draft your first round pick (Dee Ford) from one of the best defensive lines in college football, it would be wise to grab another. He's perfectly suited to play within the Chiefs 3-4 scheme at defensive end. He was a role player for the Tigers throughout his career but could act as a serviceable back up down the road.

DT Kona Schwenke (Notre Dame) - There was no doubt the Fighting Irish had one of the best offensive and defensive lines in college football the last two seasons. So it makes sense, the Chiefs would sign one of them. Though a project, the Chiefs did bring him in for a visit last month and were impressed with his abilities.

LS Marcus Heit (Kansas State) - If you want a rock solid long snapper, look no further than the Wildcat's Heit. He's money on snaps but he'll have a tough time supplanting, Thomas Gafford.

SS DeRon Furr (Fort Valley State) - The former Auburn Quarterback has certainly had an interesting college football life both on and off the field. He left Auburn to be closer to his ailing mother thus landing at Fort Valley State. With his size, speed and tackling abilities, he's the type of safety that would fit nicely in Bob Suttons defense – especially at the line of scrimmage where he likes to use his safeties. I'm totally miffed Furr wasn't drafted because this guy can flat lay out any player in his path.

C Vincent Jones (Utah) - He only played a single season at center for Utah. Yet the Chiefs obviously see something in him. Prior to the 2013 football season he played guard for three seasons at Utah. That tells me Kansas City likes his versatility. Still he's a developing player to say the least but you can never tryout enough offensive lineman.

QB Jon Jennings (Saginaw Valley State) - Though he did not sign a contract, the Chiefs invited the Division II standout to see if he can become another training camp arm. Anything beyond that will be up to the football gods. As the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2013, Jennings threw for 30 touchdowns and ran for another 12 touchdowns last season. Though he's a bit undersized you can't ignore his arm strength. He has a cannon.

G Stetson Burnett (Tusla) - If you are hoping for a diamond in the rough in this crop of free agents, Burnett might be your man. He stands 6'4" and brings down the girth around 338 pounds plus he's an interior mauler. He's perfectly suited to play guard in Reid's system. He was injured last season and thus his late round draft stock fell out of the draft entirely.

CB Tevrin Brandon (Monmouth) - Another fast cornerback the Chiefs have invited into camp. After meeting with 25 prospective NFL teams the last two months, its clear scouts felt he could be a post draft sleeper. However, he's similar in stature to Brandon Flowers and that makes his job much tougher at the next level. Sutton really needs more physical corners at the point of attack.

LB Brandon Denmark (Florida A&M) - He has the ideal size to play inside linebacker at the NFL level. He's 6'4" and carries a solid 245-pound frame. He jumped ship from Illinois two years ago and found his footing with the Florida school. What's great about his game right now is the undeniable fact; Denmark can play inside and also line up as an effective edge rusher outside. Again a bit shocking he wasn't drafted or signed with any of the Florida NFL team after the draft. But there loss, might be the Chiefs windfall.

DE Shawn Shupperd (Eastern Kentucky) - The four year starter has been given a three day tryout by the Chiefs. He's a solid all around defensive end that likely projects as a practice squad player. However, he did start all but three games for Eastern Kentucky in his career and to his credit he put up decent numbers in tackles and sacks.

SS Daniel Sorensen (BYU) - The Chiefs aren't shy in bringing in safeties. In this post draft class, they've added four and Sorensen has skills to contribute on defense. Though I don't like him as much as Furr, he could make his mark on special teams initially for Kansas City.




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