The Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp is here. From Saturday through Monday, the Chiefs draft picks, undrafted free agent signings and tryout players will be participating in practices at the team's practice facility. There is no live contact so it's not quite the same as a training camp practice but, hey, it's football. I'll take it. We'll be talking to players around 12 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) this afternoon, then they'll be hitting the practice field and then Andy Reid will talk to us.
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So here's who will be in attendance and who I'm looking for.
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Nine draft picks
CB Marcus Peters, C Mitch Morse, WR Chris Conley, CB Steven Nelson, LB Ramik Wilson, LB DJ Alexander, TE James O'Shaughnessy, DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches and WR Da'Ron Brown.
All nine of the Chiefs draft picks are signed, sealed and delivered with Peters and Nelson inking their deals on Friday. Peters and Nelson can attend this rookie minicamp but they can not attend OTAs due to their graduation dates.
12 undrafted free agents
Pitt State CB De'Vante Bausby, Gardner-Webb WR Kenny Cook, Mississippi State DB Justin Cox, Vanderbilt LS Andrew East, Georgia Southern C Garrett Frye, Pittsburgh RB Manasseh Garner, Iowa State DL David Irving, Harding WR Donatella Luckett, Akron LB Justin March-Lilliard, Tennessee-Martin T Charles Sweeton, James Madison LB Sage Harold, Texas A&M Commerce DT Charles Tuaau. Unconfirmed is Villanova TE Earnest Pettway.
Then there will be a lot of rookie tryout players. I don't have an exact number of or a confirmed set of names because the Chiefs don't release that information. But here's our running tracker on the tryout players, which includes names such as Ole Miss QB "Dr." Bo Wallace. The KC Star's Terez Paylor has this list of rookie tryout players and Chiefs Digest's Herbie Teope has this one. I'm not expecting the Chiefs to give us a full list.
First year players
I don't have this list yet but some of the players who were on the team last year can attend this minicamp. We'll find out today which one are there.
What to watch for
1. I want to see Marcus Peters live and in person. His tape at Washington wearing No. 21 makes me think of Sean Smith.
2. Where Morse, Nelson and Nunez-Roches line up. Morse sounds like a center while I'm guessing Nelson could be a slot guy based on his size. Or will he be on the outside? We may not be able to read too much into where they line up for this weekend (note: of course I will be reading too much into everything this weekend). The Chiefs could be trying different things out. Meanwhile, is Nunez-Roches a three-tech or do the Chiefs think he can be a real nose tackle?
3. The speed of the inside linebackers, Alexander in particular. Are these guys athletic enough?
4. Anything on O'Shaughnessy and Brown. Turns out, there isn't much tape available on Illinois State and Northern Illinois! O'Shaughnessy once knocked himself out on special teams so I think he's a guy that special teams coach Dave Toub is going to like. He'll probably need to be contributing there to get on the field regularly this season. Same goes for Brown. I don't know much about him.
5. The quarterbacks. The Chiefs are bringing in rookie tryout quarterbacks, including reportedly Ole Miss' "Dr." Bo Wallce and Colorado State-Pueblo's Chris Bonner, who is 6'7. Everyone loves the quarterbacks.
6. Who stands out? Last year, the Chiefs had several undrafted free agents make the team, including Cairo Santos, Albert Wilson and Daniel Sorense. Santos of course was the team's kicker and Wilson came on strong at the end of the season and figures into a prominent role in 2015. In other words, a few of these guys could stick.
7. The Chiefs pre-draft work on UDFA Pitt State CB De'Vante Bausby, who is from the KC area, suggests they like him quite a bit. He's tall (6'1) but is he strong enough? (Yes!) Can he press?
8. Andrew East, the undrafted long snapper seems to have as good of a shot as anyone to make the roster competing with James Winchester. His girlfriend is also gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson.
9. NO INJURIES. The Jaguars lost No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler to a torn ACL on the first weekend. The Chiefs are hoping they avoid this.