The Kansas City Chiefs will take the field on Friday night for their first preseason game of the year against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We're excited to simply see the team on the field for the first time in eight months but we're also excited to see some of the new guys.
We know most of the nine draft picks will make the team in some fashion, whether it be the active roster or the practice squad. The biggest question marks come with the undrafted free agents. There are 12 of those guys and in most years the Chiefs will only keep one or two of them on the active roster. Others will be eligible for the practice squad (if they clear waivers).
Here are all the Chiefs undrafted free agents as they stand now:
Auburn CB Demond Washington, Virginia Union OT David Mims, Tennessee-Chattanooga OL Chris Harr, Texas A&M DT/DE Lucas Patterson, UNC OT Mike Ingersoll, Central Connecticut WR Josue Paul, Oregon DT Brandon Bair, USC OL Butch Lewis, CB Javes Lewis, CB Mario Russell, Temple LB Amara Kamara and Michigan State TE Charlie Gantt.
Of those guys, the two that have caught my eye in training camp are Mims and Bair. As of now, I'd put them in the category of most likely to make the team (keeping in mind that I really don't know what I'm talking about).
Mims is in an interesting spot because I think he's the type of developmental tackle that the Chiefs want to bring in every year. He clearly has the size, which many undrafted free agents don't have, his skills just need to be refined. With the addition of OT Jared Gaither, Mims' race to the 53-man roster (or practice squad) becomes more interesting.
Bair is another interesting guy for the Chiefs. He has the distinction of being born just 13 days after me which makes him 26 years old -- hardly your normal rookie. He seems smooth in training camp, as if he's been here before. He's not overly impressive but he just seems to "get it" early on and I think that goes a long way with some of these undrafted guys.
Who makes the team from there?