WR Samie Parker Selected by KC in Round 4

The Chiefs wanted to find a wide receiver that can stretch the field and they found it with their first of two fourth round selections by choosing speedy Samie Parker from Oregon.

With so many possession receives on the Chiefs roster, Samie Parker certainly has the skill and ability to stretch defenses. Though he's only 5' 10" he has blazing speed (4.3), great hands but needs to learn how to be more precise in running routes.

He was the MVP of the Sun Bowl this past year as he scored two touchdowns, caught 16 passes and set an Oregon Bowl game record with 200 yards in receiving.

The selection of Parker gives the Chiefs two players from Oregon thus far in the 2004 draft. Yesterday with their first pick in the second round Kansas City selected DT Junior Siavii.

Parker was mighty pleased when talking about his Oregon teammate.

"It'll be a real good experience. Already being in college with him the past three years. We're real good friends. It'll be good to talk with someone (I know) who I can talk to about the pain."

Parker is also not worried about learning routes in the Chiefs complicated offense.

"I'll play the role the coaches want me to play. I'll do the things they want me to do and not do things that I'm not qualified to do."

Parker is likely slotted to be the fifth wide receiver next season but is known for being a playmaker in big games. His 2003 Bowl game against Minnesota was impressive but he also had a great game against Colorado in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. He caught nine passes for 162 yards that included a 79-yard touchdown.

The drafting of Parker could mean the Chiefs are going to take some of the pressure of return man Dante Hall. The All Pro return man's production fell off as he became more involved in the Chiefs offense. Hall is far too valuable to the Chiefs in the return game and Parker could develop into a #3 receiver for the Chiefs by 2005.

Besides Hall, Parker will be fighting for playing time this year behind starters Eddie Kennison, Johnnie Morton, provided he's not a June 1 cap casualty, and third year player Marc Boerigter who was an underachiever last season.

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