Draft Picks Signed:
DL Chris Jones - The Mississippi State defender received high marks since being drafted by the Chiefs. I’ll be curious if the Chiefs line him up at defensive end during this weekend’s mini- camp and as OTA’s evolve over the summer.
Parker Ehinger – I’ve been told that the Chiefs are quietly optimistic that Ehinger could open the season at guard. They love his tenacity and athleticism that he’s likely to join Jah Reid as opening day starters.
WR Demarcus Robinson – Of all the Chiefs draft picks, Robinson has the most instant upside. Generally speaking it takes a year or two for wide receivers to get in NFL form but Robinson might be the exception.
QB Kevin Hogan – After this weekend, there will be no doubt that Tyler Bray will be gone. Hogan is an exceptional talent that should have never been on the board in the fifth round. He will open the season at the third quarterback slot behind Alex Smith and Aaron Murray.
CB D.J. White – This continues to my favorite third day pick of the NFL Draft. In talking to a scout that watched him play last season – he was amazed that White didn’t get drafted in round three. I’ve already stated I think he can be the next Kevin Ross, and the more I learn about White, the more I feel that will indeed be the case.
DE/LB Dadi Nicolas – The Chiefs have a dilemma with the Virginia Tech defender. He’s already a more gifted pass rusher than Dee Ford. If Nicolas can add some girth between now and training camp, he could be on the rookie watch list by the time games begin in August.
College Free Agents:
G Jake Bernstein – He was a solid player at Vanderbilt and though I don’t see starter, it’s likely the Laurent Duvarney-Tardiff ends after 2016.
C Ben Clarke – With Mitch Morse and Zach Fulton set at center, I can’t see a path for Ben Clarke to make the Chiefs roster unless he moves to guard.
CB Vernon Harris – The last undrafted Dartmouth cornerback to break into the NFL was Ivory ‘The Hitman’ Sully, who played in the NFL nine seasons. Harris has skills and I would not be shocked if he sticks around as a solid special teams’ performer.
CB Tre Jones – Another cornerback? The Chiefs were serious about beefing up their secondary. With Harris and now Jones, Kansas City understands they lacked the physical stamina to defeat opposing quarterbacks.
WR Mitch Matthews – Of all the free agents the Chiefs signed on Friday, he probably has the most upside. I’d be shocked of the 6’5 BYU receiver doesn’t make the final 53- man roster. The fact he was not drafted is a complete mystery to me.
CB Shark Randolph – Of the free agent cornerbacks the Chiefs signed, he’s the tallest at 6’3” and the heaviest at 213 pounds. Kansas City has a cornerback roster full of short, fast and physical cornerbacks but not one of them has Randolph’s size.
LB Terrence Smith – The Florida State standout has talent and he’s a tackling machine. The knock on him is if he has the size to play inside linebacker at the NFL level. I can’t see him playing outside linebacker so it’s likely he’ll spend this off-season in the weight room.