Here are a few highlights from the press conference with Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley, who is talking about the Chiefs' third and fourth round selections. The Chiefs took Purdue DL Alex Magee in the third round and Ohio St. CB Donald Washington.
On both of the selections...
“Very excited about both of them. Alex (Magee) is a guy that is another versatile defensive lineman, was an inside tackle who was asked to change positions and move out to an end last year. He did it unselfishly and, at the same time, added to his versatility. He’s a big, long-armed guy and we like that type of build playing the end. It gives us another guy that has a chance to come in and compete right away on first, second and third down because of his inside experience.
“Donald Washington is another potentially four-down player because we think he should be a very good special teamer, but a guy that has a chance to come in and compete to play in that nickel or sub position early on and compete at corner.”
On taking three defensive players with the first three picks...
“Our philosophy is to take a combination of best available player plus need and if you’ve been around here a little bit they’ve had a little trouble stopping people. I don’t think in this league you have much of a chance to win if you can’t slow the other offense down. It’s just the way it worked out, more than by design.”
Talk about your all-time understatements with that bolded quote.
On where Glenn Dorsey fits in...
“Things can change but not inside out of the gate. I would still see Glenn as outside right now. But that will all sort of shake itself out as we go forward. But again, I think this is all about competition and the more competition you have at each position the better. Right now our defensive line got a lot more competitive.”
On Donald Washington making an impact right away...
Donald is someone we’re excited about. We didn’t think we’d have a chance when we made our third round pick. We actually were talking about trying to move up to get him and just couldn’t find the right fit. So, the fact that he was still there when we picked in the fourth was exciting.
On Donald Washington's behavior "red flags"...
“We really feel like we did our homework on Donald. We have very good relationships with the Ohio State staff from the head coach on down to the position coaches and coordinators. We did a lot of work with them. We have a close relationship with Donald’s agent and we had Donald in here for a day and a half and spent a lot of time with him. So, we feel good about where we’re at with Donald.”
Check the upcoming FanShot on the front page for the Donald Washington conference call transcript.
Upcoming picks for the Chiefs:
- Round 5, Pick 3 (139)
- Round 6, Pick 2 (175)
- Round 7, Pick 3 (212)
- Round 7, Pick 47 (256)