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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 4/29

Good morning! Another full day of Kansas City Chiefs news. Too many undrafted rookie free-agents for me to keep track of (get cracking, Joel)! Enjoy!

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Breaking Down The Chiefs 2013 Draft Class from The Mothership

"I feel we have upgraded our roster at certain positions that I thought we were weak," Dorsey said. "We have added some depth and competition. We've done that through free agency, through the college draft and college free agency as well. I think we have made the roster competitive."

Now with a competitive roster, it's time to hear what roles Chiefs head coach Andy Reid sees the drafted players serving in 2013. Below are the quotes from coach Reid, discussing each of the eight drafted players.

Tyler Bray Intriguing As a Future Chiefs Quarterback from KC Star

The addition of Bray gives the Chiefs an interesting mix at quarterback. They traded over the winter with San Francisco for the starter, Alex Smith, and shortly after signed as a free-agent Chase Daniel from New Orleans to be his backup.

The race for number three now includes Bray, Ricky Stanzi and Alex Tanney. The Chiefs may decide to trim the list to four by the time training camp begins in late July.

Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist will participate in a rookie mini-camp in two weeks on a tryout basis.

Tyler Bray Reportedly Signs With Kansas City Chiefs from

Expected by many to have been a mid-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Bray has all the measurables of an NFL starter. At 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, Bray produced the NFL Scouting Combine's best peak ball speed at 59 mph.

"This kid can rip it," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said at the combine. "He's got a live arm, man."

Former Alabama A&M RB Kaderius Lacey Signs As Free Agent With Kansas City Chiefs from

The all-time leading rusher in Alabama A&M football history will now have a shot at making an NFL roster.

According to a release, sent out by the university, former standout Calera native Kaderius Lacey has signed on an as undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Draft Review: Kansas City Chiefs from ProFootballTalk

The Chiefs' first three picks of Andy Reid's tenure were offensive players: Fisher, Kelce, Davis. Moreover, the Chiefs' second-round pick was sent to San Francisco in the deal for quarterback Alex Smith. The success of this offseason - and likely this draft - will be tied to the play of the offense in 2013 and beyond, what with the defense already in good-enough shape to win. If Fisher quickly becomes a quality starter on the edge of the line, and if Smith thrives working with Reid, the Chiefs could quickly be on the move on the AFC West standings. From the looks of it, the Chiefs are laying a solid new foundation.

Mario Benavides Signs With The Kansas City Chiefs from Kentucky Sports

Louisville center Mario Benavides signed a free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday. Benavides is one of the most underrated players coming out of college football this year in my opinion.

Three Former Cardinals Sign NFL Contracts from Card Chronicle

Benavides, a four-year starter at center who did a masterful job filling the shoes left behind by current Buffalo Bills star Eric Wood, has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City is a pretty good situation for Benavides, as the Chiefs need to find a serviceable backup in case starter Rodney Hudson's injury issues flare up again. Ryan Lilja was Hudson's replacement last year, but he retired after the season. Don't be surprised if Mario makes this roster.

Updated: Football: Catapano Drafted By Chiefs from The Daily Princetonian

"Mr. Dorsey, when he called me, was like ‘I've just got one question: Do you want to board the big red train?' " Catapano said. "And I said, ‘Hell yeah.' "

Catapano was considered a long shot to be drafted at first, but a solid East-West Shrine Game and a subsequent Pro Day at Princeton earned him the interest of several NFL teams, including the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants. Kansas City was not one of those teams.

West Alabama's Foster, Wilson Sign With NFL's Chiefs from Tuscaloosa News

Both were first-team All-Gulf South Conference and All-America performers after helping lead the Tigers to the 2012 Gulf South championship. Wilson was the Gulf South Defensive Player of the Year.

Dayne Crist Grateful For Shot At NFL from

He was benched midway through a disappointing 2012 season, never regained the five-star form he had out of high school and finished his college career with little hope for a pro career.

But even with all of that stacked against him, former Kansas University quarterback Dayne Crist on Saturday night fielded a call from the Kansas City Chiefs and accepted an invitation to mini-camp in a couple of weeks.

2013 NFL Draft Grades: An 'A' from Effort Goes To... from USA Today

Kansas City Chiefs: Hard to argue with T Eric Fisher at the top, nor the trade of their second-round pick for QB Alex Smith. Fourth-round RB Knile Davis could more effectively assume the battering ram role behind Jamaal Charles after vets Thomas Jones and Peyton Hillis struggled in recent seasons. Former Alabama LB Nico Johnson (Round 4) might start, and Round 7 pass rusher Mike Catapano of Princeton is a developmental prospect to monitor. GRADE: A-

Rico Richardson To Sign Free Agent Deal With Chiefs from Jackson State Sports

Jackson State wide receiver Rico Richardson will sign a free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, he said tonight.

"We knew the Chiefs needed some receivers and they didn't draft any, so we thought that was the best choice as far as me making me the team and making a name for myself," said Richardson.

Toilolo, Taylor Both Selected In 2013 NFL Draft from The Stanford Daily

Senior wide receiver Drew Terrell announced that he would attend a rookie minicamp with the Kansas City Chiefs after going undrafted. Fellow senior wide receiver Jamal-Rashad Patterson will head to the Indianapolis Colts after also going undrafted. Fifth-year senior outside linebacker Alex Debniak will reportedly be switching positions to fullback when he reports to the 49ers as an undrafted free agent as well.

UT women Golfers Place 2nd In MAC from The Toledo Blade

UT defensive lineman T.J. Fatinikun has accepted an invitation to participate in the Kansas City Chiefs' rookie camp on May 9.

Fatinikun, a Perrysburg graduate, suffered season-ending injuries his junior and senior seasons and has not played since rupturing his Achilles Sept. 29 at Western Michigan.

Board Of Ed Meetings, Golf Classic And Meet And Greet In The Week Ahead from Verona-Cedar Grove Patch

On Monday, April 29, the Anthony Fasano Foundation will hold its sixth annual Golf Classic to raise money for Reed Academy, an Oakland school serving the needs of children with autism. The event will be held at Montclair Golf Club, located at 25 Prospect Ave. in West Orange. Fasano is a Verona native and currently plays tight end with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chance At The League from The Jackson Sun

Humboldt High alum and graduating Ole Miss senior defensive end E.J. Epperson also signed Saturday night with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dorsey Selected In NFL Draft from

Shortly after the draft, three Terps signed as free agents. Tight end Matt Furstenburg signed with the Baltimore Ravens, defensive lineman A.J. Francis signed with the Miami Dolphins and linebacker Darin Drakeford signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Undrafted Shaw, Chappelear Sign With NFL Teams from The Maryville Daily Forum

Shaw and Chappelear raise Northwest's total to three former players in NFL camps. Linebacker Chad Kilgore signed with the Kansas City Chiefs prior to the Draft.

Northwest has not had a player drafted since running back Xavier Omon in 2008.

Jeff Ireland Has 'Things Up My Sleeve' For LT Position from

The Dolphins reportedly could have traded a second-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for disgruntled tackle Branden Albert. Ireland told Salguero he didn't think the trade was the right situation for his team during the draft, but admitted that a deal could come to fruition in the future.

"Again, I never say never," Ireland said. "I don't want to get into the details of that trade right now when it could or couldn't happen done down the road."

Top 10 Rookies For 2013 from ESPN

63. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs already have Anthony Fasano and Tony Moeaki on hand, but neither player is good enough to criticize KC for selecting Kelce. An athletic specimen who ran the Wildcat on occasion at Cincinnati, Kelce is best known for being a pro-ready run-blocking mauler. He was suspended for the entire '10 season but was a good citizen thereafter, becoming a better pass catcher during his senior year. If it works out that Kelce passes the Fasano/Moeaki combo during training camp, he'd be interesting for fantasy. It's likelier that he'll be a reserve in '13.

Six Gators Sign As Undrafted Rookie Free Agents from The Orlando Sentinel

Wide receiver Frankie Hammond caught on with the Kansas City Chiefs. Hammond, a Fort Lauderdale native, is a former high jumper who scored touchdowns of 75 and 50 yards in September. But his production slowed down and he suffered too many drops.

Hammond will get a chance to catch the eye of Chiefs coaches during rookie mini-camp on May 10-12.

From The Bargain Bin: The Best Undrafted Players Of 2013 from Yahoo! Sports

Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee: Impressive arm talent with question marks just about everywhere else. Annoyingly erratic thrower who benefited from a great deal of receiver talent. Not an effectively mobile player when he needs to be and doesn't really have a gauge with his arm strength. Has some reported off-field concerns, and there could be more underneath the surface. Buyer beware, but someone will fall in love with the cannon and try to deal with all the other stuff.

Six Ex-Tigers To Sign Deals from The News Tribune

Brad Madison, who played defensive end, will sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Madison (6-4, 265), a native of Bethany who played at South Harrison High School, had four sacks at defensive end last season to go along with 18 tackles in an injury-plagued season.

Tyler Bray The Main Blemish In Otherwise Successful NFL Draft For The SEC from Forbes

Bray, represented by Los Angeles-based agent Don Yee of Yee & Dubin, was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent after the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft and will have the opportunity to make the team if he is able to show his effectiveness (with his arm and leadership skills) on the field. However, one must wonder what exactly went wrong and why Bray determined that it was in his best interest to forfeit his remaining student-athlete eligibility if he was going to go undrafted. Could he have possibly had any idea of his true Draft stock?

Owls Sign NFL Rookie Free-Agent Contracts from

Running back Matt Brown will participate in mini camps with the Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs, but he did not sign a free-agent deal.

Harris had 196 carries for 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, his lone season at Temple. The Boston College transfer's average of 105.4 rushing yards per game led the Big East.

P&G's Tide Awash In A Sea Of Top Rookies From 2013 NFL First Round Draft from NY Sports Journalism

The first to hit social media and media outlets was Eric Fisher, drafted No. 1 overall out of Central Michigan by the Kansas City Chiefs. Tide signed Fisher and his mom, Heidi, to an endorsement deal just prior to the draft.

Fisher kept fans in the loop via Twitter even as Tide was using the social media destination to share its draft-related messages.

Syracuse Defensive Lineman Brandon Sharpe Joins Washington Redskins As Undrafted Free Agent from

As Sharpe finished a cardiovascular workout on the sand in Virginia Beach, he got a call from the Washington Redskins, inviting the Syracuse defensive end and linebacker to rookie mini-camp with the organization as an undrafted free agent.

"I figured this had to be it," Sharpe said a little after 1 p.m. on Sunday. "It's awesome. It happened like 20 minutes ago. I'm still in the sauna right now. Like 130 degrees."

Sharpe said he also had conversations with Kansas City about joining the Chiefs for their rookie camp.

Tennessee QB Tyler Bray Declares Early For Draft, Goes Undrafted from Deadspin

In the end, it makes perfect sense that he landed with Kansas City. Andy Reid loves drafting quarterbacks, though he hasn't exactly struck gold with any of them since Donovan McNabb. Things might be different for Bray in Kansas City, though: Andy Reid did not draft him. Photo Gallery: Chiefs 2013 Draft Class In Photos

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