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Taking a Look at the Undrafted Free Agent Class

Every year millions of media outlets flock to New York to cover the NFL draft, every pick analyzed from the first pick to the very last pick Mr. Irrelevant. What is so often overlooked is the players left over after the draft….. The undrafted free agents.

The odds are stacked against these players to even make a roster let alone have a successful NFL career, but every year a player beats the odds players like Priest Holmes, Rod Smith and Tony Romo.

Last year alone the Chiefs had a couple of undrafted free agents make their team, highlighted by cornerback Maurice Leggett who scored a defensive touchdown on two consecutive weeks leading to a rookie of the week award. Below is a list of the current undrafted rookie class.

DT Dion Gales, Troy (6’7?, 288 pounds): Interesting project pick up, undoubtedly brought in due to the Chiefs lack of a true 3-4 nose tackle. If Gales can add twenty to thirty pounds he could fit that mold of a 3-4 nose tackle. At the very least Gales size makes him a candidate for the practice squad if he can’t make the final roster.

LB, Bobby Abare, Yale (6’2?, 220 pounds): A little undersized for a linebacker, most likely brought in as a rotational body for training camp, Abare will need a superb pre season to make the team.

DE Bobby Greenwood, Alabama (6’5?, 278 pounds):
Solid defensive lineman who most mock drafts had going somewhere between the sixth and seventh rounds of the draft. Greenwood’s ability to make the team could hinge on Tamba Hali’s conversion to outside linebacker.

DB/WR Londen Fryar, Western Michigan (5’11?, 185 pounds):
Extremely athletic two way player, no secret has been made of the Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli’s fascination of using players on offense and defense in New England. Now Scott Pioli is bringing that school of thought to Kansas City.

LB Pierre Walters, Eastern Illinois (6’4?, 265 pounds): If there is one position where a undrafted player could make this team it is linebacker, maybe the thinnest position on the team. Walters is a skilled pass rusher if he can show that in the preseason he will land a spot on this team.

WR Taurus Johnson, South Florida (6’1?, 190 pounds): Speedy receiver who can also cover kicks, Johnson will need to bulk up his frame if he wants to make a NFL roster. If Johnson is to make the Chief’s roster he will have to make his name on special teams.

LB Jovan Belcher, Maine (6’3?, 235 pounds): Played on the line in college but will translate in to a outside backer in the 3-4. Long shot to make the team but he is a speedy pass rusher and the Chiefs are desperate for anybody who can get after the QB.

OT Cameron Goldberg, Duke (6’4?, 286 pounds): The Chiefs have a lot of bodies on the offensive line already who you would consider a project and it is unlikely they would add another to their final roster. The Chiefs will probably bring in at least one more veteran for the tackle position further decreasing the chances of Goldberg making this team.

S Ricky Price, Oklahoma St. (6’1?, 195 pounds): Another one of those versatile two way players that Scott Pioi loves. Price is a former receiver turned safety and just like every other skill player on the bottom of the roster he will have to turn head on special teams to make this team.

LB Corey Smith, Cincinnati (6’1?, 225 pounds): Tackling machine in college but is too undersized to be productive in the NFL. Smith will need to add about fifteen pounds to his frame to be able to take the NFL punishment.

CB Jackie Bates, Hampton (5’10?, 172 pounds): Ball hawking player with a nose for the football also supports well in the run game. The Chiefs are pretty deep with young talented cornerbacks but Bates has talent and with a impressive training camp he could find a spot on the roster.

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