The Kansas City Chiefs rookie mini-camp is being held from Saturday through Monday (May 24-26), crippling the plans of all the youngsters who wanted to enjoy Memorial Day weekend.
The Chiefs will not only have their draft picks at the camp but also the undrafted rookie free agents, including RB James Baker, safety Daniel Sorensen, WR Darryl Surgent, WR Albert Wilson, CB David Van Dyke, OL Ben Gottschalk, LB Ben Johnson, RB Charcandrick West, and kicker Cairo Santos.
Here are five things to watch over the weekend:
1. Aaron Murray's knee
Murray is coming off a torn ACL which he sustained against Kentucky in the final home game of his college career. He has been rehabbing for the past six months and looked very good at Jon Gruden's quarterback camp, albeit with a bulky brace on.
Andy Reid and Co. are not going to rush Murray by any stretch, but it will be interesting to see how much he can do right now, and how much is too much.
2. Which UDFA's will stand out?
Every year, one or two of those guys burst onto the scene and make the coaches take notice right away. Sometimes, the player who steps up happens to do it in a loaded position group and ends up being cut because of a numbers game. Other times, a guy plays great at a position of need and creates real drama throughout the summer.
I'm keeping my eye on Daniel Sorensen. Sorensen is a safety out of BYU who has shown some ability in the college game. If he can prove himself beginning Saturday, that would be a plus.
3. How does Zach Fulton look?
Fulton is an intriguing prospect. At 330 pounds, Fulton is a mountain of a man who some believe fell a bit in the draft and could potentially be a steal. When he gets on the field this weekend, what do the coaches see in him? Kansas City has a wide open competition at the guard position, with Jeff Allen and Rishaw Johnson currently penciled in.
Should Fulton prove he's further along than expected, he might be able to push for a starting role. Don't forget, unsung players and afterthoughts always bubble up and take starting jobs surprisingly across the NFL.
4. Dee Ford in general
Lets face it, we all want to see Ford in a Chiefs uniform, even if it is just going through drills and playing against fellow rookies. I'm sure the coaching staff is looking forward to getting Ford on the field and getting after him, knowing he could be a big piece to this defense's puzzle.
Ford is in a good situation, knowing he does not have to step in right away and become a dominant force. With Justin Houston and Tamba Hali in town, he can develop without the normal pressure of being a first-round pick.
Please, lets avoid the injuries. Last year, Sanders Commings got hurt on the first play of his professional career. Everything else pales in comparison to the players simply staying upright and keeping with a steady progression of learning.
Here is the rest of the offseason schedule:
Rookie Minicamp: May 24-26
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 3-5, June 10-13
Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19