Best of the rest: A look at 5 undrafted free agent signings who have a chance


From the FanPosts. I shower! -Joel

Like the NFL Draft, and Joel taking a shower... it happens EVERY year. A couple of undrafted free agents stand out in training camp and find their way onto the roster.

As Andy Reid said:

"The second greatest number of starters in the National Football League besides first round picks are the college free agents you sign."

There are 30 current veterans on the Chiefs roster that were originally undrafted including Mike DeVito, Akeem Jordan, Chase Daniel, Terrance Copper, Husain Abdullah.

I'll take a quick look at the top five rated undrafted free agents that the Chiefs brought in this year.

Related: Tracking all the Chiefs undrafted free agent signings

1. Tyler Bray, QB 6'6, 232 lbs., Tennessee

He was the 92nd best player in the draft, but teams passed on him 254 times. Bray made the curious decision to leave Tennessee early, even though most experts believed he needed another year to develop and improve. Many said he has the best "arm talent" in the draft, and IF he can "get it together upstairs" he'll be a major steal.

Rob Rang of CBS said:

STRENGTHS: Bray possesses a great deal of natural arm talent and possesses even more confidence in his ability to fit the ball between tight windows. In this way, he is reminiscent of former SEC standout Jay Cutler(Vanderbilt).

WEAKNESSES: He boasts a very quick release but doesn't fully take advantage of his height due to a three-quarter delivery. He's also a bit lazy with his fundamentals, failing to step into the direction of his passes. This consistently forces his receivers to adjust to his throws, cutting down on the potential for yardage after the catch and leading his teammates into some hellacious hits.

COMPARES TO: Jay Cutler, Bears -- Like Cutler, Bray has tremendous arm strength - and confidence in it - but seems to enjoy the challenge of tougher throws and will often attempt them rather than take safer options.

Roster Spot competition: Bray will compete with Ricky Stanzi for the No. 3 QB job. Ultimately, I would think the Chiefs WANT Bray to win the job... but he could also find himself on the practice squad, learning how to be a pro.

2. Mario Benavides, C 6'3, 297 lbs., Louisville

He was the 12th rated center in the draft, as high as the 211th overall player. From CBS:

STRENGTHS: Possesses the quick hands and feet to be successful in a zone-blocking scheme. Impressive lateral agility as a trap blocker and shows the short-area quickness to get to the second level. Surprisingly stout when anchoring against the bull rush due to good core strength and excellent use of leverage. Adept at shotgun snapping. Highly intelligent. Made all of the line calls while at Louisville and shows good awareness, making late adjustments to handle surprise blitzes. Keeps his head on a swivel and is highly competitive, helping out his teammates and looking to knock defenders over when he senses them off-balance. Proved high toughness by playing through multiple injuries over his career.

WEAKNESSES: Struggled against power when pitted against bigger, more physical defenders. Gets by on guile, toughness, leverage and hand play but might be maxed out. Too often makes it to the second level only to see defenders beat him to the punch. Has fought through various injuries throughout his career (staph infection, MCL tear, among them), which will need to be checked out by NFL teams.

Roster spot competition: I mentioned above that Mario was the 12th rated center in the draft...ironically, he'll be competing with the 11th best center in the draft, 6th round pick Eric Kush, for a depth spot on the 53 man roster.

3. Brad Madison, DE/LS 6'4, 265 lbs., Missouri

Grades on Madison vary pretty widely, but Mocking The Draft had him as their 240th ranked player in the draft. From CBS:

Madison isn't an elite athlete but he shows some natural pass rush ability, varying his approach off the snap. He has enough speed to force offensive tackles to respect his ability to cross their face and get outside, as well as a stutter-step back inside and a swim move. Prior to the injury Madison showed good strength in holding up versus the run and has some natural explosiveness to him, as evidenced by the fact that he was the Missouri state shot-put champion his senior year in high school. Madison isn't going to wow scouts with his skill-set but could earn late round consideration

Bleacher Report had a pretty nice piece on him here:

Strengths: During his sophomore year at Mizzou, Madison led the team with 7.5 sacks, which was the fourth-highest number in the Big 12. He has solid speed, as his 4.81 40-yard dash at the Mizzou pro day would have kept pace with Sam Montgomery at the combine. Madison has a nice spin move that he uses once there is initial contact with the offensive lineman. It gives him the separation he needs to get after the quarterback. Lastly, he doesn't quit on plays.

Tools: Madison has typical 4-3 defensive end size at 6'4" and 265 pounds. He has decent arm length (33.125") that should help him fend off offensive tackles and knock down passes.

Roster spot competition/outlook: My guess is that he has an outside chance to add some weight and be a situational pass rusher as a DE, which is a position of need.

4. Rob Lohr, DE 6'3, 297 lbs., Vanderbilt

From NFL Draft Scout:

Lohr started every game at tackle, running his consecutive career total to 38 starts... Ranks third on team with 11 tackles for loss... Ranks as team's active leader with 31.5 career tackles for loss and 11 sacks... Has notched 30 tackles and a pair of sacks as a senior, and is playing his best football late in the season... Was superb in thrilling win at Ole Miss with five solo tackles, three resulting in losses... Also had pair of tackles for loss and a sack vs. UMass... Finished regular season with six-solo tackle performance in win at Wake Forest... Added two tackles in Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl victory over North Carolina State.

Roster Spot competition/outlook: KC didn't draft any DE's this year, so Lohr could have a shot at cracking the roster as a base DE

5. Otha Foster III, SS 6'0, 204lbs West Alabama

One of two guys KC signed from West Alabama, I'm including Otha here, even though he was hard to find on anyone's player rankings... because this tweet caught my eye:

That's above market value for an UDFA... KC really wanted this guy.

I found this article here... thought it was interesting insight into the Chiefs perceived needs:

Foster, a former marine, was also a key player for the Tigers, earning some all-conference and All-America honors. Kansas City scouted Foster several times this season. He had 54 tackles and six interceptions for the Tigers this year.

"He's just a tremendous person," Hall said. "You're talking about a guy that's a marine. He's a big, physical safety. He ran a 4.4 consistently for the scouts and may have popped a 4.3 at Troy's Pro Day. The Chiefs have loved him all along and they seem to indicate that they needed speed in the secondary. He's a great player and an even better person."

Roster Spot competition/outlook: There are only two strong safeties on the Chiefs roster -- Eric Berry and Husain Abdullah. Foster could compete to be the third, or more likely get a practice squad contract.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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