Turning The Page At Safety

Whenever you draft a player in the seventh round, you never know what you're getting. The rule of thumb is to pick someone who fills a need. It's not often that your last pick has the credentials of a hard-hitting, play-making safety like Jarrad Page from UCLA, the Chiefs final pick.

It was a safe bet that if a player from UCLA were on the board, the Chiefs would find a way to get him on their football team. Carl Peterson is a UCLA graduate and he very proudly reminded everyone of that fact in his post-draft news conference.

Peterson snagged a four-year starter in Page, who amassed 249 tackles (169 solo), intercepted nine passes and scored a pair of touchdowns. In fact, Page started a remarkable 45 of 49 games for the Bruins. He was one of the most sought-after safeties in the country back in 2001. He's also an excellent baseball prospect.

Page was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth round of the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft, and then again three years later when the Colorado Rockies selected him in the 32nd round of the 2005 draft. The centerfield prospect just didn't have a passion for baseball, even though he started 25 games for the Bruins last year.

Page will compete for a back-up spot with the Chiefs. In the second round of the draft the Chiefs added Purdue safety Bernard ‘Bonecrusher' Pollard. Both are expected to backup starters Sammy Knight and Greg Wesley.

Both Pollard and Page started at strong safety in college. Of the two, Page might be more comfortable switching to free safety.

Regardless, the drafting of these two safeties means the Chiefs are likely to part ways with Jerome Woods and William Bartee.

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