Uconn Cornerback Signs with the Chiefs

With the NFL draft completed this past weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs are still scouring the rookie free agent class for more able bodies to compete for roster spots. One area they seem ti be focusing in on is cornerback. They've already signed two undrafted free agents at that position; the most notable is Connecticut cornerback Justin Perkins.

CB Justin Perkins (5'11', 187) was a first team All-Big East defensive back from Connecticut. He was only one of only four college cornerbacks to return to interceptions for touchdowns. Perkins will sign his deal on Friday when he reports to the Chiefs' rookie mini-camp.

WR Nathaniel Curry (5-10, 196) played in 44 games (27 starts) at Georgia Tech. He caught 92 passes for 1,185 yards (12.9 avg.) with eight touchdowns and rushed four times for 25 yards.

DT Arrion Dixon (6-4, 308) appeared in 43 games as a defensive lineman at Arkansas. He produced 70 tackles (57 solo), 4.5 sacks (-28.0 yards), 18.0 tackles behind the line (-67.0 yards), a fumble recovery and three forced fumbles.

LB Kris Griffin (6-3, 232) saw action in 40 contests at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, recording 261 tackles (139 solo), 12.0 sacks, 38.0 tackles behind the line, 11 interceptions and seven passes defended. He played in nine contests as a senior, totaling 51 tackles (28 solo), 4.0 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss, an interception and two passes defended.

CB Gabriel Helms (5-10, 221) is a local product of Northwest Missouri State, recording 88 tackles (54 solo), a sack, 2.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions and 18 passes defended. He totaled 33 tackles (20 solo), two INT's and 10 passes defended as a senior.

RB Sam Gado (5-11, 210) played in 39 games at Liberty, rushing 273 times for 1,631 yards (6.0 yards) with 16 touchdowns and adding 38 receptions for 486 yards (12.8 avg.) with six TD's. He carried the ball 138 times for a career-high 901 yards (6.5 avg.) with 11 TD's and was named first-team All-Big South.

TE Willie Walden (6-7, 278) saw duty in 38 games (27 starts) at Montana his final three collegiate seasons after playing in four games at Oregon as a red-shirt freshman. He caught 40 passes for 496 yards (12.4 avg.) with eight touchdowns in his career.

G Cedric Johnson (6'4", 318 Pounds) was a three year starter for Clemson and ended his career as one of the top offensive linemen in Tiger history. He was an honorable mention ACC offensive performer who could project out to tackle in the NFL.

G Forest Vance (6-4, 298) signed a rookie free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers back in 2004. He was one of the Packers final cuts last September. The former University of California-Davis product started all four years for the Aggies and was a Division I-AA Independent All-Star selection as a senior.


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