Chiefs Get Busy in UDFA Market

After the NFL draft concluded, the Kansas City Chiefs went to the phone and added some new bodies. The goal is to get some extra camp bodies but also to find a few hidden gems. So what can we expect from the undrafted candidates?

CB Devante Bausby (Pittsburg State) – Considered a late round sleeper Bausby has the size at 6’2” to be a challenging defender. He has always played big despite tipping the scales at 180 points. However, he has blazing speed and could be a dark horse roster candidate for the Chiefs.

WR Donatella Luckett (Harding University) – It’s interesting the Chiefs continue to stockpile receivers. His physical attributes are similar to KC’s third round draft pick, Chris Conley. He had a solid 2014 season with five touchdowns and 605 receiving yards on just 23 receptions.

DT David Irving (Iowa State) – Kudos to the Chiefs for quickly jumping on the Cyclones 6’7” defensive lineman. He comes into the NFL with baggage aplenty after being dismissed form the Iowa State program last year. However he was projected to go early in day three of the draft and scouts do rave about his motor. >WR Kenny Cook (Gardner-Webb) – A big physical receiver the Chiefs still don’t have on the roster, Cook could be a sleeper roster addition come September. He can put up big numbers. He set a Big South single game receiving record back in October when he registered 251 yards.

TE Dan Light (Fordham) – The First-Team Patriot League performer has dealt with a serious injury and the death of his father to ALS. There is no question Light has NFL talent and I can see why the Chiefs thought enough of him to sign him. I’m already rooting he makes the team as the fourth tight end.

DB Justin Cox (Mississippi State) – Another troubled kid with a checkered past but the young man has the chops to play cornerback or safety at the next level. Most NFL teams had Cox off the board this past weekend.

TE Westlee Tonga (Utah) – If he makes an NFL roster this year, Tonga will enter the league as a 27-year old rookie. He’s known more for his blocking prowess and not his receiving skills. I’m not expecting too much from Tonga.

>QB Bo Wallace (Ole Miss) – If this recent NFL draft class told us anything about the Kansas City Chiefs direction moving forward, they are adding some confident football players. Add Wallace to that growing list of brash confident players who will be in training camp fighting for a job. He’s a long shot to make the Chiefs but he should make for some good camp fodder with his brash tone and decent arm.

G Charles Sweeton (Tenn-Martin) – Another big bodied offensive lineman to add into the mix as a back up for the Chiefs in 2015. He can play both guard and center, which is an attribute, Andy Reid, likes in his lineman.

CB Travis Manning (NW Missouri State) – The local product didn’t get much love outside of his pro day. He has decent size and enough body mass to be an intriguing prospect. However, he’s only played cornerback one season, yet the Chiefs felt he was worth signing.

TE Manasseh Gardner (Pitt) – For the moment, he’s listed as a tight end but can play wide receiver as well. This signing is perplexing because he doesn’t put up great numbers. He also has some maturity issues that tempered scouts on him.

OLB Sage Harold (James Madison) – He played defensive end at James Madison but he’ll slide into an outside linebacker slot should he stick on the Chiefs roster. I’m not sure why he wasn’t drafted because he’s a solid tackler and excels as a gunner on special teams.

LS Andrew East (Vanderbilt) B– The Long Snapper from Vanderbilt hopes his claim to fame comes in the NFL, not the fact his girlfriend is former Olympic Gymnast, Shawn Johnson. To be fair, East as a legitimate long snapper and he’ll get a shot to earn the job in training camp for the Chiefs.

SS Alan Turner (Arkansas) – Though the Chiefs appear to be four-deep at the safety position, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for another viable body to push somebody off the roster. Though he’s not a large safety he can hit. The Chiefs need more of those in their secondary.

LB D.J. Lynch (Bowling Green) – Most NFL scouts agree that Lynch wasn’t fast enough, strong enough or good enough to be drafted. However the Chiefs, who seem to be making a run at players with the initials D.J., think otherwise.

QB Cody Sokol (Louisiana Tech) – The former Iowa Hawkeye Quarterback has some measurable. He threw for nearly 3500 yards and slung 30 touchdowns for Louisiana Tech. He’s big, physical but has a propensity for throwing interceptions. He had 13 of them in 2014.

FB Alex Deleon (Florida Atlantic) – It doesn’t appear the Chiefs need another fullback. Anthony Sherman is heading into the prime of his career but I like the idea of bringing in some completion. Deleon ranked in the lower third of fullbacks at the college level so his chances in making the roster appear slim.

DT Billy Dobbs (Troy) – Another guy who had some people guessing he’d be a late round draft pick. He has the height you want for a defensive tackle but Dobbs isn’t a man of significant girth. At 280 pounds, he has to bulk up if he wants to play in the NFL.

SS Tyrequek Zimmerman (Oregon State) – The Chiefs scouted Zimmerman heavily at Oregon State’s pro-day. The fact KC drafted two of his teammates, Steven Nelson and D.J. Williams; they clearly saw something they like. My gut tells me he sticks on the Chiefs roster.

RB Keshawn Hill (Sam Houston State) – I was a bit shocked the Chiefs didn’t draft a running back over the weekend. That being said Hill has some game, as his 18 touchdowns in 2014 would attest. He’s a smaller back but if KC carries four running backs, the young man has a chance to stick.

TE Will Tye (Stony Brook) – The Chiefs are giving the former Florida State tight end a tryout next week. The young man ran a 4.47 at his pro day so he has some wheels. I’m not sure he’s your prototypical NFL Tight End but I like the idea of brining him for a look see. Editors Note: As of this writing, the Kansas City Chiefs haven’t made any official announcements on their undrafted free agent signings. Top Stories