Chiefs Pass Up Kaeding for TE Kris Wilson

With a major need at kicker, the Chiefs passed up on Iowa Hawkeye Nate Kaeding in favor of tight end Kris Wilson from Pittsburgh.

Kris Wilson might have been a surprise pick for the Chiefs but Kansas City intends to use him as a H-back and use him in the backfield and in the passing game. But Chiefs Head Coach Dick Vermeil thinks that Wilson can play on special teams.

"We wanted some one who could contribute next season," said Vermeil. "But we don't just look at him as a tight end."

With Tony Gonzalez firmly planted as the Chiefs starter. Kansas City made a wise move in trying to upgrade their tight end position. So many times last year, when the Chiefs used a two tight end set, teams keyed on back-up tight end Jason Dunn.

Every NFL team knew that when Dunn was in the game, the Chiefs generally ran the ball. But with Wilson, he could be someone who could be a legitimate pass catching threat in the Chiefs offense.

In his four-year college career, Wilson caught 88 passes for 1431 yards and 15 touchdowns. But the thing that stands about Wilson is the fact that he averaged 17.9 yards per catch.

Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson did discuss the possibility of drafting Kaeding but he felt the Chiefs were better served taking a player of Wilson's ability.

For Wilson he was not shocked by the fact the Chiefs selected him in the second round

"I'm not surprised. I knew that the Chiefs had some interest in me."

He also is realist and knows that playing behind Gonzales could be a difficult situation.

"My expectations are to come down there and work hard and whatever happens, happens. I haven't really put any deep thought into that. I have put thought into coming here (to KC) and being a workhorse."

Wilson had a great running mate in standout wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald so he should have no problems hanging with Tony Gonzalez.

Kansas City won't get a shot at Kaeding. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers at the top of the third round.


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