The hardest hitting safety on the Beavers roster is potentially joining another OSU favorite.
Shortly after the 2017 NFL Draft ended, the “Godfather” Gil Brandt released a list of his favorite undrafted rookie free agents that could make an impact for NFL teams. This list featured two Oregon State players in Victor Bolden (now with the 49ers) and Devin Chappell. Well, Brandt was correct to point out Chappell because it looks like he is now heading to Kansas City.
The decision to sign with the Chiefs means that Chappell will be joining former Oregon State cornerback Steven Nelson in Arrowhead Stadium. More importantly, Chappell will get an opportunity learn the tricks of the trade from Eric Berry, one of the absolute best safeties in the entire league. Berry has been the prime example of how to play the safety position, converting turnovers into game-changing plays. Just look at his interceptions for scores against the Panthers and Falcons last season.
Like Berry, Chappell is a game-changing player who loves to force fumbles and basically wreak havoc in the passing game. His six forced fumbles last season tied the Oregon State record. Even better, Chappell’s vicious tackles were picture perfect and avoided the dreaded “targeting penalty” that always results in ejections.
Chappell still has a long road ahead of him to actually make the roster, but he has the talent and determination to make a lasting impact with head coach Andy Reid.