Clausen Cream of Undrafted Free Agent Class

Kansas City signs eleven undrafted free agents to fill out their roster. The 2004 class is highlighted by Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen who might just be the Chiefs future signal caller. But who are some of the others? We break them all down.

QB Casey Clausen (Tennessee)
Clausen was a four-year starter at the University of Tennessee who started 44 of 47 games for the Volunteers. He threw 75 touchdowns and completed 61.0% of his passes. He is expected to compete for the Chiefs third string quarterback. Though some don't like his arm, he makes plays and eventually could be the successor to Trent Green in two or three years.

S Scott Connot (South Dakota State)
Cannot was a three year starter for the Division II Jackrabbits. In his career at South Dakota State he had 234 tackles (142 solo) and picked off eight passes. He has a nose for the football and has a decent shot at making the team's practice squad because of his tackling abilities. If he has an excpetional training camp he could push Lyle West for one of the last roster spots.

WR Zach Fletcher (Alabama)
Fletcher started only seven games last year for the Crimson Tide. However when he caught the ball, he averaged 24.7 yards per catch. With all the competition at wide receiver this season, Fletcher's chances appear limited to make the Chiefs final 53 man roster

WR Travis Garvin (West Virgina)
Gavin a transfer from the University of Missouri saw extensive duty at wide receiver for the Mountaineers the last two years. He has the skills to be a solid return man or could be converted to a running back. He's athletic and has some elusiveness. Regardless of where he plays, it will be tough for him to make the final roster or the practice squad.

CB Marvin Jackson (Chadron State)
Jackson was a playmaker for the Division II Eagles. He can do it all. Block punts, intercept passes, tackle and can return punts and kick-offs. Four of the interceptions he made in his career were returned four interceptions. He also blocked two punts. Like Garvin, Jackson could be a better fit to back up Dante Hall. He could be a sleeper in training camp and definitely someone to keep an eye on as training camp unfolds this August.

C Ryan Lilja (Kansas State)
Lilja started every game for the Wildcats in 2003. The Chiefs have some options on the offensive line but don't have a true back for Casey Wiegmann. That gives the local Shawnee Mission Northwest High School graduate a legitimate shot at making the team as back-up. If not, the Chiefs probably will find a place for him on their practice squad.

G Matt Miller (Lafayette College)
Miller started all four years for the Division III Wildcats. He has the ability to play both guard and tackle. With the additions of Chris Bober, John Welbourn and 7th round draft pick Kevin Sampson; Miller's chances to make the team are slim.

CB Benny Sapp (Northern Iowa)
Sapp is the cousin of DT Warren Sapp who now plays for division rival Oakland. After two years playing cornerback at the University of Iowa, he transferred to the Panthers campus where he had a stellar two year stint. He had six interceptions and 78 tackles. He could be a viable option in the Chiefs nickel package and could supply some depth.

LB Rich Scanlon (Syracuse)
Scanlon was college teammates with seventh round draft pick He like third round draft pick Keyaron Fox was a tackling machine in college. He had 277 career tackles for the Orangemen. But the competition is fierce at linebacker and Scanlon likely will be a camp cut unless he impresses the coaching staff.

RB Jonathan Smith (Washington State)
Smith has a nose for the end zone. He scored 11 touchdowns (10 rush & 1 pass) last season for the Cougars. He also averaged 4.3 yards per rushing attempt behind a decent offensive line. But with Larry Johnson & Derrick Blaylock firmly planted as the back-ups for Priest Holmes; it does not look good for Smith to make either the 53 man roster or the practice squad.

CB Sean Weston (Texas A&M)
Weston played solid for the Aggies the last four years. He has played in every game since his freshman year. He needs to improve footwork but is a sure tackler. He'll fight Sapp for one of the Chiefs last roster spots.


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