Normally, I wouldn't mention a player that has been cut this early but NT Anthony Gray is a different kind of player at a position that needs depth.
The 5'11 330 pound player is a raw player that resembles our very own 6'0 320 pound Kelly Gregg. He went undrafted and then was picked up by the Steelers. Unfortunately, the Steelers have Casey Hampton and Chris Hoke so his chances of making the team where slim to none. In matter of fact, the Steelers are probably hoping they can slide Gray on the PS until he can get groomed.
Here are a few notes on Gray:
03/22/2011 - NFL Draft Scout Riser: Anthony Gray, DT, Southern Mississippi: Gray measured in at only 5-11, but he moved his 330 pounds well enough (5.15 40, 31.5-inch vertical, 4.61 short shuttle) and put up 39 reps at his pro day, really intriguing teams that are looking for a plugger in the middle. - Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com
Strengths: Owns thick, short frame, making him very difficult to move. Usually gains leverage, even against larger offensive linemen. Fires quickly off the snap. Pins his ears back and catapults into the backfield in passing situations. Plays with violence inside and flashes the ability to shed blocks in tight quarters. Anchors well and possesses good core strength. Fights to the whistle and works with a nasty demeanor and no fear. Is aggressive in pursuit and surprises with his tracking speed from the backside. Simply engulfs ballcarriers coming into his area.
Weaknesses: First step is inconsistent. Gets off the ball late, allowing offensive linemen to get into position before he can get a push. Too often pushed beyond the play, lacks great instincts and length to disengage. Fires past the run when looking to get pressure on the passer. Gradually rises up after initial contact, losing his natural leverage and allowing larger linemen to lock on. Does not change directions well, struggles to move laterally when his pads get out ahead of his legs.
In his 3 seasons at Southern Mississippi, Gray had 76 tackles, 17.5 for a loss, 8.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 recovered fumbles and pass breakup.
Gray would not make an immediate impact but would be a great depth player behind Gregg and Powe. He could eventually be another Kelly Gregg in the future.
The Chiefs should cut an extra player so they can give him a look and see what he could bring to the Chiefs.
What say ye?