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Chiefs 2013 Draft: 11 things we learned from Kansas City's draft picks

The KC Chiefs welcomed in eight new players to the team along with plenty of undrafted free agent signings following the 2013 NFL Draft. The draft is now over; so what did we learn over the last three days?


1. No decision on where Eric Fisher will play next season

"I don't know that yet," Andy Reid said, "it doesn't bother me where he plays because he's a good football player. I pick the five best guys and put them up there and the position doesn't matter to me. It never has. We took Shawn Andrews one year with the number one pick. We took him as a left tackle, could have played at any position, ended up playing guard because I had a couple of veteran tackles there. I don't really care. He eventually moved down to tackle. You need them all."

2. Travis Kelce compares his type of game to Jeremy Shockey

"I've heard a lot of comparisons," Kelce said, "I would like to think I'm a different breed of player, someone that cna get after a guy in the run game, but at the same time catch a ball and go 80 to the house. I think the Chiefs are going to get someone who is very versatile and if I had to possibly choose one guy, I would choose Jeremy Shockey just the way he plays with passion and energy. I think that would be an awesome comparison."

Also: Reid drafted Jason Kelce, brother of Travis, in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Kelce was the fifth tight end taken in the draft.

3. Chiefs aren't worried about Knile Davis' injury history

"He had an ankle injury in 2011," Reid said, "which was a primary one. He had a little bit of a hamstring here, but running backs get them. But he did have an ankle injury that shut down his 2011 season. I'm not too worried about all that. We checked all that out and felt comfortable."

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4. Andy Reid talked to Nick Saban a few hours before picking Nico Johnson

"Nico is a big, strong, smart linebacker," Reid said. "They played him on first and second down at Alabama. I had a chance to talk with Nick Saban [Saturday] morning about him before we picked him and Nick felt very good about him. He said he was one of the tougher guys on his football team, he was one ofthe leaders on the football team. And you know we're talking about a national championship football team. He used him in the first and second down area; he said he's a big man who can move."

He could be that guy who plays the linebacker spot next to Derrick Johnson. He'll be competing against Akeem Jordan this summer.

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5. Would the Chiefs have taken Matt Barkley?

Barkley was available at the top of the fourth round to start the third day. The Jaguars went on the clock and then the Eagles traded up to draft Barkley, one pick before the Chiefs. Reports suggested the Eagles traded up because they thought the Chiefs would take him. Subsequent reports said that Barkley's camp thought KC was a possibility. We'll never know for sure, but Reid said the Chiefs weren't looking at Barkley.

"We were going defense the whole time." -Andy Reid

"You know what, that wasn't where we were going," Reid said. "We were going defense the whole time. I know the report was out there that Philly was jumping over us to get Barkley and this whole thing. But that was really not where we were at."

6. Sanders Commings will begin as a free safety

Very interesting. This was a position a lot of folks targeted before the draft. You know else was a fifth round pick from the SEC? Kendrick Lewis. I like the idea of giving the team some options at that position for depth.

"We'll probably try him at free safety," Reid said, "and let him work there, see how he picks things up and then we'll go from there. You know, he's a great baseball player; he was a centerfielder in baseball, so you know he can track the ball. And I'm talking about a legitimate centerfielder, not just a guy that played Little League, he's legit - he has good ball skills."

7. Eric Kush, C, California (PA) was a "sleeper pick" around the league

"Eric Kush, offensive lineman out of California (PA)," Reid said. "Eric, if you talk to people around the league, he was their ‘sleeper‐pick,' because he's a tremendous athlete. Again, he plays center, but he can do everything for you, he's very gifted athletically."

Kush also visited the Chiefs.

We must've missed this one in our draft tracker.

"I went on a visit with Kansas City and I thought my meeting with everybody out there went really well," Kush told the KC media after he was picked. "I was just waiting to see what happened and I'm very, very excited."

Kush even talked about what a team visit includes.

"Well I went down there for a visit and we talked a lot about football," he said, "a lot about the offense that we ran at Cal and me explaining it to them. We talked about my life. I recently got married last Saturday so we talked about my new wife (Stephanie) and everything like that. We just talked about how I grew up, things I like to do outside of football, and then we talked a lot of football and what the Chiefs were expecting out of me."

"What I like to do sometimes is bring certain guys like this in," GM John Dorsey said. "He did not go to the Combine, we wanted to get [medical] on him, we wanted the coaching staff to meet this person, and this is where we are with him."

8. Braden Wilson was shocked to be picked by the Chiefs

The Chiefs brass didn't have much contact with the Kansas State linebacker fullback.

"Pretty short. It was vague. They hadn't been in a lot of contact with me. I hadn't heard a whole lot from them. I was shocked when I got the call from them and very excited as well."

Wilson said he was a Chiefs fan growing up.

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9. The extremely rare Princeton draft pick

Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton.

Check this out, via the Chiefs: "Catapano became the 13th player from Princeton to ever get drafted, although he is just the third since the AFL‐NFL merger in 1970. He is the first Princeton player to be drafted since C Dennis Norman was selected by Seattle in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft."

10. Why the undrafted free agents

Reid explains why they sign so many undrafted free agents after the draft.

"We have a rookie minicamp coming up, so no veteran players will be there, in a couple weeks and we like to at least get ourselves two‐deep in that area. Now you can see we have our picks here, well we have eight picks, that's not going to cover, eight or nine picks isn't going to cover a two‐deep for your team. So we are going to sign a bunch of kids today, hopefully we can get ourselves to two‐deep and we can go out and practice and make it productive for guys and at the same time, it ends up being a tryout for some of these kids and they have a great opportunity."

There are nearly two dozen other players who have already agreed to terms (or signed electronically!) as undrafted free agents or received an invite to the Chiefs minicamp in a couple weeks.

11. Speaking of UDFAs ... Tyler Bray is a Chief

One of the names on there is Tennesse QB Tyler Bray, who went undrafted and agreed with the Chiefs. That sets up the third QB showdown between Bray and Ricky Stanzi.

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