Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Monday that the Chiefs have agreed to terms with three more 2003 NFL Draft picks - second-round selection LB Kawika Mitchell (47th overall), fifth-round selection G/T Jordan Black (153rd overall) and sixth-round selection DE Jimmy Wilkerson (189th overall). Mitchell agreed to terms of a four-year contract, while both Black and Wilkerson agreed to terms of three-year deals. The Chiefs now have five of their eight 2003 draft choices signed. In addition to Mitchell, Black and Wilkerson, the club had previously reached agreements with third-round pick CB Julian Battle (92nd overall) and seventh-round choice S Willie Pile (252nd overall). As per Chiefs policy, no further terms of any of the agreements were disclosed.
Mitchell (6-0, 253) played in 42 games (39 starts) at South Florida, amassing a school-record 367 tackles (260 solo) to go with 37.0 tackles for a loss and 8.0 sacks (-56.0 yards). Mitchell also added 26 QB pressures, nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumbles recoveries and two interceptions (61 yards). As a senior, he started all 10 games at middle linebacker, racking up a school single-season record 117 tackles (72 solo), including a team-record 17.0 tackles for a loss. Mitchell scored the only touchdown of his collegiate career on a 56-yard run following a fake punt.
The Winter Springs, Florida, native was named the Class 6A Player of the Year in addition to earning first-team All-Florida, All-Central Florida, all-district, all-city and all-county selection at Lake Howell High School in Lake Howell, Florida.
Black (6-5, 314) played in 43 games (42 starts) in four years at Notre Dame. Black spent the majority of his collegiate career (38 games) at left tackle, but is expected to work at guard this season for the Chiefs. Black played in 12 games (11 starts) at left tackle in 2002, starting every game except the Rutgers contest. He was an All-Independent first-team selection by Football News and College Football News his junior year, as well as an All-Independent choice by College Football News after his sophmore campaign.
A native of Garland, Texas, Black earned USA Today honorable mention All-America honors as a senior at Dallas Christian High School in Mesquite, Texas. He earned all-state honors on offense his final three seasons and captained the squad for both his junior and senior campaigns.
Wilkerson (6-2, 271) joins Kansas City after completing a successful collegiate career at the University of Oklahoma. Wilkerson saw action in 39 games (24 starts) for the Sooners, racking up 130 tackles (66 solo), 53.0 stops for a loss and 12.0 sacks (-68.0 yards). Wilkerson, who declared for the draft following his junior campaign, also added 28 QB pressures, 13 passes defensed and four forced fumbles. As a junior, he started all 14 games at weak side defensive end, collecting 46 tackles to go with a career high 6.0 sacks and 14 QB pressures. Wilkerson earned first-team All-Big 12 honors following his junior year and was semi-finalist for the Hendricks Award, presented annually to the nation's top defensive end.
The Omaha, Texas native was named the East Texas Player of the Year as a senior and was a two-time All-Texas selection at Paul H. Pewitt High School. Wilkerson, a former prep standout at quarterback, threw for 1,209 yards, rushed for 1,430 yards and racked up 35 total TDs.