Rookie Watch: Alex Guerrero

To say rookie defensive tackle Alex Guerrero is excited to be a Kansas City Chief is an understatement. He bounced around Chiefs' rookie camp this weekend with the enthusiasm of an 8-year-old at Disneyland.

Talk about a high-motor guy.

The 6'1," 303-pound Boise State product tore through rookie camp with reckless abandon. He managed to settle down long enough to listen to instruction from the coaching staff before tearing into drills, terrorizing tackling sleds and his teammates. Guerrero knows how lucky he is to have an opportunity, and he plans to make the best of it.

"Man, it's just a huge blessing to be out here and to be part of a great organization and to have such a great coach," said Guerrero. "You can see the path that it's going. You can see the guys listening to the coach, Coach (Herm) Edwards, and you can see their eyes getting bigger and bigger every time he talks. The rest of the coaching staff, they're great people. I'm just excited to be on an NFL roster right now."

Guerrero fits well with Edwards' up-tempo practice philosophy. If defensive line coach Tim Krumrie can help Guerrero focus his enthusiasm, the Chiefs may have found a diamond in the rough. Not surprisingly, Guerrero is excited about working with Krumrie.

"I can tell why his players do well," Guerrero said. "He actually coached my defensive line coach in college at Boise State. I heard good things about him, how intense he is, and he makes you want to play for him."

The young defensive tackle has an uphill battle ahead of him. With veterans like Ryan Sims, Lional Dalton, John Browning and new acquisition Ron Edwards, Guerrero has a huge amount of competition. He's not about to get depressed about it, though. Instead, he's looking to his teammates for support.

"Junior (Siavii) and Jimmy (Wilkerson) told me some things, like pay attention and listen to your coaches," Guerrero said. "That's all you have to do as a young player. Learn by example from other players that have done it. Try to do the best you can to go out there and make the squad."

So, Guerrero keeps his head up and will use his motor, ability and sunny disposition to keep working towards his ultimate goal.

"My focus is to make the 53-man roster," said Guerrero, "to be one of those guys who helps this team win a championship."

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