Chiefs Add DE Alex Magee In Third Round

The Chiefs continue to throw numbers at the defensive line with the selection of defensive end/defensive tackle Alex Magee out of Purdue. At 6-foot-3 and 298 pounds, Magee is similar to former Chiefs' second-round pick Turk McBride. Neither had great sack stats in college, but both played multiple positions along the defensive line.

Magee moved from defensive tackle to defensive end last season because of injuries, but does he prefer one position over the other?

"It doesn't really matter," he said. "I played all of those positions in college."

This pick is a sign the Chiefs didn't believe they had players who could play the five-technique position in the 3-4. Magee and Jackson will both play defensive end in KC's new defensive scheme, and both could be starting in Week 1. Entrenched bookend Tamba Hali has been working as a linebacker in the early offseason. McBride might have potential as a defensive end in the 3-4, but the Chiefs obviously felt they needed more depth at the position.

Magee says he's ready to contribute heavily right away.

"(The Chiefs) told me I definitely have a chance to come in and make an impact right away," he said.

Magee is considered a good athlete with the size, speed and motor to play at the NFL level, but to play right away he'll have to improve his technique and consistency.

Like Tyson Jackson with Glenn Dorsey and Dwayne Bowe, Magee has a former college teammate he might be able to lean on in Kansas City to help with the transition to the pros – safety Bernard Pollard.

"I know you guys have a fairly good team," he said. "My boy Bernard is down there too. I've talked to a lot of players down there. The team has a lot of good players."

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