John Dorsey, Clark Hunt, and Andy Reid concluded a solid draft with some relatively unknown players. Not well known players, but ones expected to contribute if they make the 53 man roster. The Chiefs hope that, like the drafts over the previous two years, some gems will be found in the later rounds.
With their fourth round pick they selected Georgia linebacker (outside in college, inside in the 3-4 scheme) Ramik Wilson. With Derrick Johnson currently 33 years old and coming off an ACL injury, the Chiefs had to address the inside linebacker position. Wilson recorded 253 tackles during his four-year career at Georgia, including a SEC-best 133 in 2013 while earning All-SEC honors in his junior season. He’s the fourth player taken by the Chiefs from that school in the last three years (Sanders Commings, Aaron Murray, and Chris Conley coming before him).
In the fifth round, the Chiefs selected Oregon State linebacker D.J Alexander and Illinois State tight end James O’ Shaughnessy. Alexander recorded 70 tackles, 12 for loss, and 4 sacks in 2014, but is looked at as more of a project. He must shine on special teams if he wants to make the final 53. O’Shaughnessy is an big play tight end who can stretch the field (averaged over 18 yards per catch in 2014). Paired with Travis Kelce, the Chiefs could have a deadly TE duo in 2015.
n the sixth and seventh round the Chiefs drafted defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches out of Southern Miss and wide receiver Daron Brown from Northern Illinois, respectively. Roches, who if he plays in a NFL game will be the first Belize-born since 1926, will be young depth behind Dontari Poe, while Brown could make the roster simply because of his incredible hands, although he possesses no speed.
The Chiefs have also signed a few undrafted drafted free agents (UDFA’s). Here’s who they’ve signed so far:
- DT Charles Taamu Texas A&M Commerce
- CB Devante Bausby, Pittsburgh State
- WR Dontella Luckett, Harding
- DL David Irving, Iowa State
- WR Kenny Cook, Mississippi State
- QB Bo Wallace, Ole Miss
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